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Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education
Conducting Behavioral Observations and Implementing Behavioral Intervention Plans
Presented by Dr. Richard Van Acker
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Rogers Park Montessori School
1800 W. Balmoral
Chicago, IL 60640
One of the most frequently identified concerns of educators involves effectively addressing challenging student behavior. If a student with special needs displays a behavior that interferes with his or her learning or the learning of others, federal law requires that the student be provided a formal behavioral intervention plan (BIP). This plan is supposed to be informed by a functional assessment of the behavior which requires a careful examination of the setting and any antecedent or consequent events that may service to occasion the target behavior and/or support the continued display of the behavior. This involves effective data collection and review. Frequently, direct observation of the student within the setting is required to identify the features of the behavior and also that of his/her teachers and even peers. This presentation will explore some effective and practical approaches to conducting behavioral observations and explore how the resulting data can be used to craft effective BIPs.
Dr. Richard Van Acker is an Emeritus Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He began his career as a high school teacher, and his ability to work effectively with troubled youth resulted in his becoming a teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. At UIC his research explores the development of antisocial behavior. He has served as president of the International Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, and his research has been published in over 100 professional publications.
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DISCLAIMER: Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education is a not-for-profit organization offering continuing education programs to inform members of current instructional practices, assessment, and policy issues in the field of learning disabilities. PLD/SE also offers a referral service to the community, providing qualified professionals for diagnostics and remediation. PLD/SE provides programs as a service to its members. PLD/SE does not endorse any specific program, speaker, instructional materials, method, treatment, or evaluation center for children with disabilities.
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