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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Road Map to Prevent, Teach, and Respond to Behaviors in the Classroom

Billings


October 4: PK-3rd Grade LINK
October 5: Grades 4-8 LINK


A thorough presentation of positive behavioral interventions in a variety of environments will be presented to workshop attendees. Discussion will center around types of behaviors; task avoidance, escape motivated, attention seeking, behaviors that produce sensory consequences, and the role motivation plays in behavioral success in many settings-school, home, and community. Children with autism and behavioral concerns will be thoroughly discussed. The audience will be able to apply the information presented through videos, activities, and examples of how to set up positive plans for the children in a variety of environmental settings immediately in their respective situations. The training will also contain discussions about setting limits that work and the application of positive interventions. We will examine the common pitfalls that sabotage behavioral intervention plans and what to avoid when wanting to make significant behavioral changes. Discussions of how to implement 504 accommodations in a regular education setting, how to conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment, write a Positive Behavioral Plan and use an Antecedent/Behavior/Consequence chart will be presented to the conference attendees. A brief discussion of how to draft positive behavioral goals for IEP’s or IFSP’s will also be presented. 
 
Dates:
October 4, PK-3rd Grade
October 5, Grades 4-8
Time:
8:30AM to 3:30PM
Location:
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Cost:
FREE

6 OPI Renewal Units per workshop

Information:
Flyer LINK
Registration LINKS:
October 4
October 5

Death to the Behavior Chart! 3 Reasons to Resist the Lure of Punishments and Rewards

Imagine this: You’re sitting in a faculty meeting, bored and tired. As your principal talks, gesturing at PowerPoint slides, your mind starts to wander. You furtively pull out your phone and check Facebook, just for a minute.
Suddenly your principal’s voice rings out. All heads turn to look at you as she barks your name. "Mr. Minkel! We do not check our phones during faculty meetings! Go change your color."
You stand up, your face flushed with heat and shame, and trudge to the front of the room to change the green square by your name to a yellow "Warning." Walking back to your seat, past the gauntlet of other teachers, you try to avoid their gaze.
You jam your phone back into your pocket, where it stays for the rest of the meeting. Still, you find it hard to concentrate on whatever your principal is talking about. It feels like everyone in the room is looking at you, whispering and snickering about what just happened.
By the time the meeting ends, your principal has probably forgotten all about the incident. But when you go to bed that night, you’re still thinking about it. The next morning at school, your principal is exceedingly nice to you, but you feel awkward around her and try to avoid her in the halls.

Why Give Up the Behavior Chart?


Friday, December 8, 2017

Job Opening - Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist for MonTECH


The Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist for MonTECH within the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities will work closely with the Program Director to serve people who need Assistive Technology (AT). The primary responsibilities are to provide demonstrations, trainings, assessments, and support for people with disabilities who need AT. This position requires the individual to be able to work with a full spectrum of ages and disabilities. This person will advocate for AT services and supports that enable individuals to participate fully in a range of home, community, work, or education settings. The person needs to be motivated to provide services based on best practices, communicate with service providers and AT consumers, and be able to multi-task and prioritize competing demands. This position requires the individual be able to collaborate with the University of Montana, school districts, health care facilities, and other stakeholders.

Required Skills


·         Proficient use of assistive technology as they relate to self-care, independent living, computer access, mobility, communication, cognitive functioning, vision, and hearing

·         Ability to show consumers how to use assistive technology in home, community, school, and for employment

·         Knowledge of AT assessment and evaluation processes

·         Ability to collaborate with professionals from other disciplines and agencies

·         Ability to take technical information and explain it to others in non-technical terms

·         Ability to perform public relation functions, deliver AT trainings, and conduct outreach services

·         Strong organization, communication, and writing skills

·         Ability to travel

Required Experience


§  Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) considered if the candidate has experience with assistive technology, OR

§  Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) with work experience, OR

§  Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, such as Social Work, Communication Sciences, or other, would be considered if the candidate has experience with assistive technology.

§  Licensed Occupational Therapist (OT) or Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) encouraged to apply.
 
Send cover letter and resume to anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu
 

About MonTECH at Rural Institute and the University of Montana


The University of Montana Rural Institute serves as a resource in education, research, and service as it relates to the needs of rural people in Montana with disabilities, including their families and those who serve and support them.
The Rural Institute is one of a national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

The University of Montana is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity as a core value. We support equal access and welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. This position is eligible for veterans' and disabilities preference in accordance with Montana State Law.

Position Details


Position Title:                    Assistive Technology Specialist
Department:                      MonTECH at Rural Institute
Closing Date:                    Priority deadline- December 15th
Work Schedule:                0.8- 1.0 FTE
Location:                            MonTECH at Rural Institute located in Missoula, MT
Salary:                                Salary range depends on experience but the range will be $20.00 to $27.00 an hour.

Current employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan, and may be different from the posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department.

Probationary Period:        Six months minimum

Benefits Include:               Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and professional development/wellness program.


Send cover letter and resume to anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Guide for Grandparents


You can download the guide here.

Missoula Adult Asperger Support Group Meetings

Please note Spring Break 3/29 4:30 to 6.  Meetings are held at the University of Montana in the University Center.
 
 
Date
Start
End
Building
Room
 
12/21/2017 Thu
4:30 PM
6:00 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
12/28/2017 Thu
4:30 PM
6:00 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
1/4/2018 Thu
4:30 PM
6:00 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
1/11/2018 Thu
4:30 PM
6:00 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 224
 
1/18/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
1/25/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
2/1/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
2/8/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
2/15/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
2/22/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
3/1/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
3/8/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
3/15/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
3/22/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
3/29/2018 Thu
4:30 PM
6:00 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
4/5/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
4/12/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
4/19/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
4/26/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
5/3/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215
 
5/10/2018 Thu
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
2nd/Conf Rm 215