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Free Webinar Replay: When Behavior Impedes Learning: A Parents’ Guide to Advocating Objectively and Effectively at School

In this hour long webinar on demand, learn how to advocate objectively and effectively for your student with ADHD, with Rachel Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Defiant. Controlling. Noncompliant. Difficult. These are some of the terms used by schools to describe the challenging behaviors of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or emotional disorders (ED). Challenging behaviors such as aggression, emotional outbursts, and difficulties tolerating activities typically lead to the request for a functional behavior assessment and subsequent behavior intervention plan — a “roadmap” for teaching your child new, appropriate behaviors and skills. It’s important to note that the language used in those plans can affect how teachers and school professionals work with your child.

Unfortunately, many behavior plans use negative language to describe student behaviors. Language like “noncompliant” and “controlling” places the blame for the disruptive behavior solely on the child without acknowledging the surrounding environment, the child’s needs and abilities, or the reasons behind the specific behavior. Simply put, these words fail to describe what is actually happening or point toward a solution.

The need for a common, objective vocabulary is necessary. Shifting the language we use to describe challenging behavior from subjective to objective terms is the first step toward helping your child make real behavioral change.

In this webinar, parents will learn about:

  • The federal requirements regarding effective behavior programming
  • What you should look for and expect from a functional behavior assessment (FBA) and a behavior intervention plan (BIP)
  • The importance of specific, objective language as a foundation for your child’s behavioral programs
  • Distinguishing between subjective and objective language within your child’s behavior assessments and programs
  • Strategies for advocating for objective language in your child’s behavioral program

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD
  • An opportunity to receive a certificate of attendance

Certificate of Attendance: For new information on how to purchase the certificate of attendance option, register for the webinar, then look for instructions in the email you’ll receive around 45 minutes after it ends. The certificate of attendance link will also be available here, on the webinar replay page, several hours after the live webinar. ADDitude does not offer CEU credits.

This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on July 23, 2020.

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Rachel Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D has worked internationally creating and supervising programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Rachel received her master’s degree in Teaching and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Rachel’s work and research interests include enhancing behavior analytic programming and exploring issues related to sexual education and quality of life. Rachel has published original research on these topics in journals such as Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals and Remedial and Special Education as well as presented at national, state, and local conferences. Rachel currently serves as an education consultant and trainer with The Watson Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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