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BRAP: Understanding Challenging Behaviors through the Lens of Positive Behavior Support

June 2 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

This presentation will include brief description of the talk: How can we better address the causes and maintenance of children’s behavior problems? Positive behavior support (PBS) is a behavior management system used to understand what maintains an individual’s challenging behavior. People’s inappropriate behaviors are difficult to change because they are functional; they serve a purpose for them. Behavior is a form of communication. It is frequently the way children with speech and language challenges communicate their wants and needs. These behaviors are supported by reinforcement in the environment. In the case of students and children, often adults in a child’s environment will reinforce his or her undesired behaviors because the child will receive objects and/or attention because of his behavior. Functional behavior assessments (FBAs) clearly describe behaviors, identify the contexts (events, times, and situation) that predict when behavior will and will not occur, and identify consequences that maintain the behavior. A brief description of this talk: Social relationships influence what we do, how we communicate, with whom and where we interact, the roles we take in society, and define who we are as individuals. Interpersonal relationships provide us with companionship, emotional support, material aid, access to information, help with decision making, and opportunities to meet new people.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the use of Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) to address challenging behaviors
  • Identify challenging behaviors and their most common causes.
  • Describe techniques to address challenging behaviors using PBS
  • Identify the underlying causes of poor social skills in children with disabilities
  • List practical ways of addressing the social skills deficits


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June 2
8:30 am - 4:15 pm
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