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How do I control problem behavior?

A few years ago, we had the opportunity to work with many school districts in the NY/NJ area. Our training was on how to deal with problem behavior of students in the classroom (and/or in what are sometimes called “specials” like gym, art, music, etc.)  Questions always seemed to come back to a basic theme, “How do I control problem behavior?

There is a trick embedded in that question. “Control” of behavior is a momentary thing. Control is fleeting and an illusion, often lasting mere moments when what parents and instructors really want is lasting change. 

Shaping of appropriate, functional behavior is not only possible it is a probable outcome if the science of behavior modification called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is used. Many teachers and parents note, “I can’t get my child to sit still long enough for them to learn anything…” or variations of “when I present my student (child) with work to...

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How to avoid legal fee nightmare and extreme costs.

We recently referred to the U.S. Supreme Court unanimous decision requiring schools to provide an education that is appropriately ambitious. Most Federal Court decisions maintain that measurement is required to demonstrate progress. In other words, education is now legally accountable to students progress.

So, what is the cost of not providing an appropriately ambitious and measurable education? They are many and very costly.
 
The first and most profound impact is the loss of potential in a child’s life....A child/student who does not receive the FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education) as required by law is harmed. Their family is harmed. Their community is harmed and, in the end, society as a whole is harmed, if a school does not meet its legal and moral obligation. How can an education be appropriate or ambitious if there is no measure of the outcome?
 
What is the value of a child’s lost potential? That answer differs, depending on your observation position. If...
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How to get the most impact from your training budget

  • What if you could raise the level of your staff’s competence with an affordable, research-based and internationally recognized training, for less than the cost of an hour of the training time?  
  • What if the training you provide is utilized for the entire school year?
  • What if staff looked at the training as a benefit and career enhancement? 
  • What if the same training can help your staff generalize their knowledge to include not only classroom performance but also when they work in a home?  

Every year, schools and childcare programs throughout the world spend billions of dollars on orientation and staff training. What is the long-term impact of that training? Sadly, according to research on the subject by the National Implementation Research Network, in 90 days nearly ALL of the impact of the best training disappears. There is an an exception to that research finding. The exception is this: when training is applied, supervised and reinforced, there is an...

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It's the law: Education must now be accountable!

In March of 2017, the world of education in the USA changed, for good and the better. The United States Supreme Court issued its determination speaking to a parent’s claim that their child was being warehoused as a student of a primary school in Colorado. The court in their review found that a child’s education could not be “de minimus” (used here to mean ‘warehousing’) but rather, that consistent with the concept of a child being entitled to a FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education) a school district also has an obligation under the law to provide for an education, without regard to different abilities, that is, it must be “appropriately ambitious.”

 The interpretation and testing of this unanimous decision requires that districts must now meet a standard that though present in spirit, was not previously required by law. This decision now places a burden of proof on educators, schools and school administrators to be able to...

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RBT training is the answer to problem behavior

Problem Behavior is listed as the #1 cause of the resignation of new teachers by the School Supervisor’s Association. What can you do about it? Here we are in November. There are kids everywhere who had problem behavior in September and even some in October. Kids who were anxious about new settings, or uncomfortable with the change in schedules, buildings and classmates from last year have settled in. Those behaviors are largely gone. Yet, there remain a few kids; perhaps only one kid per class who are having problems. These are the challenges that cause: early retirements, endless disciplinary meetings, parents hiring attorneys and the attacks of PTA Boards on school administrators and teachers alike.

Is there something that can be done to solve this problem? Yes! The answer is here.

Our training for staff to become an RBT (Registered Behavior TechnicianTM) is a competency based, online 40-hour training that can take the tension out of the class through evidence-based...

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Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider

October 4, 2017


Dear Lisa Rinaldo,
On behalf of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (“BACB”), I am pleased to confirm your continued status as an Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider. Your provider number remains OP-07-0134, and your next renewal date is August 31, 2017. Please record this information in an easily retrievable location, as you will need it when interacting with other professionals, consumers, and the BACB.

Also attached is the logo for your continued use as an ACE provider. Please note that you may not alter or modify the logo, except as provided at
www.bacb.com/terms-of-use/.

The BACB maintains an ACE provider registry on our website. Although it is updated regularly, it is not necessarily the definitive documentation of ACE provider status. If a consumer, a certificant, or a state agency needs to verify your status as an ACE provider in an official capacity, please have them contact us.


The BACB requires an annual renewal for maintaining...

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