Students at risk for and with emotional disabilities (ED) represent the smallest number of students in our education system, but often require the most resource intensive supports. The diverse academic and social behavioral needs of students with ED create challenges for educators to provide effective educational programming. Research Students at risk for and with… [Read more…] Building Capacity one Practice at a Time: Supporting Students with Emotional Disabilities
Best practices for supporting social behavior involve prevention as a first course of action. This may involve the adults in the building examining beliefs and practices about student social behavior. Predictable, preventative, and positive learning environments are critical considerations for fostering academic and social behavior success. Research Preventative practices are much easier to implement… [Read more…] An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is an effective approach to collecting data, identifying the function of student behavior, and using that knowledge to design proactive and preventative student behavior support plans. Function-based thinking (FBT) is a foundational component of FBA and is defined as a “quick and systematic way of thinking that informs the selection of… [Read more…] Choosing Responses to Support a Change in Student Behavior: What Are You Thinking?
Closing out the school year is an opportunity to reflect upon what worked this year and what could be improved upon for next year. If student behavior is an area that has been challenging this year, either as a classroom teacher or a building administrator, then consider developing a comprehensive plan for facilitating the best… [Read more…] Pulling the Pieces Together … A Comprehensive Plan for Student Behavior
While Asperger’s Syndrome will no longer have a separate diagnostic category, educators are well aware that the essential features include severe and sustained impairment in social interaction and the development of restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities (American Psychiatric Association [DSM-IV-TR], 2000). Research In the most recent revision of the Diagnostic Manual,… [Read more…] Strategies To Support Students With Aspergers Syndrome