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Improving the Classroom Behavior of Your Students with Special Needs (Grades K-12)

Presented by Linda Davidson
Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Grades K-12 Special Education Resource Specialists, Special Education Teachers, and Classroom Teachers and Paraeducators who Support Students with Special Needs

  • Evidence-based, classroom-proven strategies to help you make a real difference with your students with special needs
  • Tools to strengthen attention, self-regulation, working memory, impulse control, executive function, and other deficits
  • Ways to optimize strategies and tailor interventions to students’ specific needs for improved instructional, behavioral and academic outcomes
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook full of classroom proven, effective strategies to improve the behavior of your K-12 students with special needs

Practical Ideas and Strategies

More than ever, our students with special needs require support to improve their classroom behaviors. What should we do differently for such students? How can we best help? We will explore the answers to these and many more important questions during this seminar.

In this NEW one-day, highly practical seminar, behavior and special education expert, LINDA DAVIDSON, will focus on effective tools, strategies, interventions and supports specifically designed for any educators who work with students with special needs. The focus of this seminar will be on evidence-based yet practical approaches, strategies, and interventions educators can powerfully use in their daily work with their students. All the approaches Linda shares are geared toward improving instructional, academic and behavioral outcomes of K-12 students impacted by special needs. You will leave this seminar with dozens of new tools, a renewed commitment and an expanded toolkit of valuable strategies designed to make a difference with students with special needs.

You won’t want to miss this strategy-packed day filled with practical and developmentally appropriate ways to decrease behaviors that disrupt learning and increase the skills students need to be successful in school.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Highly Effective, Classroom-Proven Classroom Management Strategies
    More than ever, we see students’ academics greatly impacted by behavior … Gain the essential tips, tools and strategies you need in order to make a marked difference in the learning and positive behavior of K-12 students with special needs
  2. Learn to Better Set up Routines and Procedures
    Examine what works and what doesn’t … Decrease teacher stress and increase student learning time by developing clear cut expectations and routines
  3. Build Your Toolkit of Classroom Management Best Practices and Strategies
    Gain a plethora of tools, approaches and practical strategies to improve instructional, behavioral and academic outcomes of your K-12 students with special needs … Learn how to optimize and tailor strategies to meet students’ specific needs
  4. Support Students Who Struggle Across Settings
    Discover highly effective strategies that can be used across various settings at school, from small group to whole group, from inside to outside the classroom … Ways to set up supports beyond the classroom so students and staff you collaborate with can successfully access them
  5. Help Students with Special Needs Move from Learning-Blocked to Learning-Ready
    Acquire the key and necessary components your students need to jump the hurdles to become successful learners … Learn practical ways to strengthen students’ attention, self-regulation skills, executive functioning, impulse control, and working memory
  6. Gain Valuable Tools to Use with Your Most Challenging Students with Special Needs
    Develop a plan that supports students with special needs who act out because of their disability … Learn specific strategies and ways to keep students actively engaged and focused to maintain their learning momentum
  7. Analyze the Function of Behavior to Develop a Meaningful and Strategic Plan of Action
    It is imperative to understand “the why” of behavior … Learn to identify the function of behavior in order to select the most effective replacement behavior
  8. Establish Consistent Structures and Responses to Support Student Success
    Design your own response continuum to ensure the consistency that students with special needs require … Receive valuable tools for helping teams collaborate and respond with greater consistency for successful implementation of these effective, evidence-based practices across a variety of settings
  9. What Effective Classrooms Do Differently?
    Discover the Three Rs … relationship, responsibility, and regulation … Learn ways to support students and design interventions aimed at meeting the unique learning needs of students with special needs
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive resource handbook, specifically designed for this seminar and filled with practical, classroom-proven strategies, ideas and approaches for helping students from grades K-12 who have special needs

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Highly effective, classroom-proven strategies to help you make a difference in the lives of your students who have special needs
  • Increase your students’ ability to remained focus and engaged in small or large group activities
  • Help students move beyond learning-blocked to learning-ready through key and necessary components for breaking down obstacles that students with special needs present
  • How to address student needs and manage behaviors often associated with students with special needs
  • Ways to equip students affected by disabilities with important self-regulation strategies … Develop effective self-talk, self-monitoring, and goal setting
  • Ways to enhance working memory, attention, impulse control, and executive function in grades K-12 students with special needs
  • Understand the function of behavior through data collection in order to select appropriate replacement behaviors
  • Learn specific strategies for maintaining focus, impulse control, self-regulation, working memory, and task initiation
  • Build a positive and supportive classroom community that is welcoming for all students
  • Scaffold for success using visual cues to clarify expectations and increase academic performance
  • Strategies to prevent and deescalate disruptive behaviors
  • Strategies to help your students with special needs achieve daily success and increase their academic and social confidence

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As I visualize your classroom, I imagine it is like mine. I see a classroom full of eager and diverse learners coming to us with a wide range of experiences, competencies and behaviors that can impact their social and academic success. I know you are just as passionate as I am about making an optimum day of learning for each of them, but previously used strategies that may not be working with your students with special needs can sometimes feel frustrating.

I’ve come to learn as educators we possess a great deal of knowledge about effective strategies, but we often do not know how best to match these to the specific needs of our students with special needs. In my extensive work as both a teacher and consultant, I have learned firsthand many effective strategies and approaches for supporting students in grades K-12 who have special needs. It is my goal to share with you the best of what I and other respected experts in the field have found to be effective.

I want to add practical, classroom-proven strategies to compliment your existing repertoire of effective approaches and resources. I will share with you new ways to tweak and adjust the approaches, interventions and strategies you may already use. Together, we will explore dozens of highly effective strategies to better address the unique learning profile of students with special needs.

We will explore a framework for matching strategies to student needs. We will look at methods to strengthen the impact of instruction. In my experience, strengthening students’ working memory, attention, self-regulation and executive functioning skills are the critical elements for our students with special needs to be successful.

Please join me for a learning-rich day on this incredibly important topic! I cannot wait to share my resources and knowledge with you!

Linda J. Davidson

P.S. Students who have special needs need YOU, and they need you to respond with a variety of evidence-based approaches. I hope you will take this opportunity to gain these essential, highly practical and easy-to-implement tools.

Who Should Attend

Grades K-12 Special Education Resource Specialists, Special Education Teachers, and Classroom Teachers and Paraeducators who Support Students with Special Needs

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Visual strategies to increase positive behaviors and decrease behavioral challenges
  • Self-regulation strategies
  • Visuals to increase focus, attention and motivation
  • What to say and do when your students struggle to stay engaged
  • Strategies to prevent and de-escalate behavior
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in improving the classroom behavior of your students with special needs.

Consultation Available
Linda Davidson will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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