Seattle Course #7- Shifting School Practices

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Wednesday- March 7, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #7 -Shifting School Practices to Promote Independence for Students with Disabilities

by Patrick Mulick, MS, BCBA, Consultant- Auburn, WA

About the Speaker

Patrick Mulick, MEd, is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. Patrick earned his master’s degree in special education and behavior analysis from Gonzaga University. While spending seven years educating students with disabilities, from pre-school to high school, Patrick developed a particular love for working with students with Autism and behavioral challenges. Today he works as an educational consultant and as the Autism Coordinator of the Auburn School District in Washington State. Patrick believes that in order for students to have access to a meaningful education all whom they encounter must be provided access

themselves to ongoing supports that are effective and easy to implement. Patrick has committed his work to special needs learners through a hybrid of instruction and inspiration. His resources and strategies have helped simplify the complex; equipping teachers, administrators, therapists, para-educators, and bus drivers alike. Disclosure: Financial– Patrick is employed by the Auburn School District, receives speaking fees, and fees for The Ultimate Access Card (self published), a visual support aid for students with disabilities. Non-financial- Patrick has a best classroom practices and teacher supports blog.

Target Audience (who should attend):  Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, School Psy- chologists, School Counselors, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Principals/ Administrators, Case Managers, Social Workers, ELL Teachers, Behavior Specialists, Autism Specialists, Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Pre-Kindergarten through 21 years

Course Description:  This highly engaging course will focus on changing adult behaviors to facilitate greater independence for all students with special needs. Patrick will examine how to keep student independence a priority when working through behavioral challenges, designing interventions, working with families, and collaborating with colleagues. For each strategy that is discussed a user friendly “cheat sheet” will be provided. This is a follow-up to Patrick Mulick’s highly praised course “Using Cheat Sheets to Promote Independence for Students with Autism”, offered at the 2017 conference. Having taken Patrick’s previous course is not a requirement to benefit and learn from this rejuvenating day. Participants will leave equipped and inspired to help kids do more with less.

 What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

• Describe how to behavioral function relates to building student independence
• Identify methods by which school staff can take data to identify behavioral function
• Describe how to design interventions that reduces the reliance on adults
• Identify the four levels of adjustment that parents of students with disabilities experience
• Describe three ways school staff can be supported to promote independence with students
• Identify 5 strategies to help promote independence for students with ADHD
• Describe 3 methods to effectively collaborate with the entire school team on promoting independence for students with disabilities