Behavior PD Courses 2023-2024

The following professional learning courses are offered at Grant Wood Area Education Agency during the 2023-24 school year.

Collecting Behavioral Data: Progress Monitoring and Goal-Writing

This course will provide a brief overview on how to define behaviors followed by in-depth discussion about the dimensions of behavior, methods to measure behaviors, and ways to write IEP behavior goals. Specific tools will be shared for progress monitoring behaviors of concern. This course is intended for those who assist with writing and monitoring FBAs, BIPs, and IEP goals in the area of behavior. This course is intended for those who assist with writing and monitoring FBA’s, BIP’s, and IEP goals in the area of behavior.
Target Audience: Pre-K-12 Administrators, Special Education Teachers, Social Workers, Autism Consultants, Early Childhood Staff, Psychologists, Consultants, Behavior Specialists

Functional Communication Training (FCT) for Students with Challenging Behavior and Complex Communication Needs

This course will provide school staff information on Functional Communication Training (FCT) as it applies to addressing challenging behaviors for those students with significant communication deficits. FCT is an evidence-based strategy that is used to teach a new, communicative behavior that is matched to the function of the current problem behavior, with the intention of replacing this behavior with a more appropriate method of communication. In this course, participants will develop a common understanding of FCT, its definition, procedures, and applicability. A brief overview of the principles of behavior will also be provided. Additionally, participants will learn about a variety of resources to assist in implementing FCT, as well as how to progress monitor the skills being taught and generalize these to move toward a more comprehensive communication system. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged to attend together.

Target Audience: Pre-K-12 Consultants, OT/PT, Psychologists, Early Childhood Staff, Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Autism Consultants, Behavior Consultants, Behavior Coaches, Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators

Deeper Learning on the FBA Process and How it Leads to Intervention Planning

This course will provide information related to the functional behavior assessment (FBA) process and how the process informs behavior intervention planning (BIPs) for students displaying challenging behavior. Participants will learn about and practice collecting behavioral data via indirect and direct assessments (i.e. ABC data) on students they are involved with. They will also understand and practice analyzing the ABC data they have collected. Content on how to use behavioral assessment data to inform interventions will be addressed. Content about the principles of behavior will be embedded throughout the course. LEA or AEA staff who are involved in conducting comprehensive FBAs and writing BIPs or consult on this process as a part of their role are encouraged to attend.
Staff that do not serve in this role, but would like training on principles of behavior and how to support intervention implementation should consider attending the Behavior Basics workshop.
Target Audience: AEA and LEA staff responsible for conducting comprehensive FBA and BIP for students with behavior needs (Must attend all three dates; content builds on the prior learning sessions.)
Available licensure credit: 1.0/Fee $35

Advanced Behavioral Assessments: Preference Assessments

This workshop will provide information on the direct assessment measure of preference assessments. Assessing student preferences assists in developing behavior intervention plans for students who display behavioral challenges at school. Five types of research-based preference assessment protocols will be explored. Preference assessments that will be taught and practiced include: Free Operant Preference Assessment, Single Stimulus Preference Assessment, Paired Stimulus Preference Assessment, Multiple Stimulus with Replacement, and Multiple Stimulus without Replacement. The day will include an introduction and practice with each assessment, including how to collect data and how to choose which assessment to use with students. Participants should plan to fully attend and complete all activities.

Target Audience: Pre-K-12 General and Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Counselors, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, Autism Consultants, Early Childhood Staff, Psychologists