Thursday, February 13, 2020

Free Workshops - Teaching Communication Skills // Managing Challenging Behaviors

You will learn how to teach critical communication skills that lead to greater independence in the home, work, school and community settings. We review nine specific skills: requesting reinforcers, requesting help, requesting a break, indicating yes and no, waiting, following directions, schedule-following and transitioning. Through lecture, demonstrations, video and participatory activities, you will acquire specific teaching strategies that are relevant for anyone who has limited communication skills, regardless of their communicative modality (e.g., Picture Exchange Communication System [PECS], signing, device use, speech).
Great Falls    March 23      Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites - 3701 31st St SW
Missoula        March 25      Wingate Inn - 5252 Airway Blvd

Beginning with key concepts of applied behavior analysis, we focus on the conditions under which behavior occurs. We discuss the importance of designing supportive learning environments that address skill deficits prior to or while simultaneously addressing unwanted contextually inappropriate behaviors. Through discussions, video examples and hands-on activities you will identify and define unwanted behaviors, analyze why the behavior is occurring, determine alternative skills to replace unwanted behaviors, review differential reinforcement procedures, and discuss proactive strategies and reactive strategies. The workshop concludes by showing how you and your team can evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of your behavior plans as you put your new strategies into practice.
Great Falls    March 24      Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites - 3701 31st St SW
Missoula        March 26      Wingate Inn - 5252 Airway Blvd  FULL - Registration closed.

The workshops will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.