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School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists: Powerful Strategies for Reducing Challenging Behaviors to Increase Student Success

Presented by Mary Asper
Outstanding Speech-Language Pathologist and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students in Grades PreK-12

  • Highly effective strategies for school-based SLPs to reduce challenging behaviors while increasing students’ success
  • Gain valuable tools to use with your most challenging students, and spend less time addressing difficult behaviors
  • Powerful, current strategies to increase students’ regulation, co-regulation, and emotional safety
  • Receive an extensive digital resource handbook filled with practical techniques, ideas and powerful strategies for reducing challenging behaviors and increasing student success
ASHA CEUs Available

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Dr. Ross Greene writes that, “Children do well if they can.” Often, students’ behaviors are viewed as something under their control – a bad habit that the child could stop if only they wanted to. As SLPs, we know words have power and the way something is described often focuses our own emotional lens in a specific way. In this powerful seminar, learn to focus your lens more on what students can do well, and how to teach and scaffold the primary cognitive skills needed for student success. Gain a better understanding of the sensory, biological, neurological, and communicative factors that underlie many challenging student behaviors. You’ll leave feeling confident with powerful tools and techniques not only for resolving challenging behaviors, but also helping prevent them from happening. MARY B. ASPER, an exceptional speech-language pathologist and national presenter, will share classroom-proven ideas, techniques, and strategies she has successfully used with her own students. This outstanding seminar is designed to offer SLPs for grades PreK-12 numerous tools and techniques for changing students’ undesirable behaviors into positive, productive learning behaviors.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Powerful Strategies for Reducing Challenging Behaviors to Increase Student Success
    Gain the essential tools, resources, and strategies you need to make a marked difference in the lives of the students you serve
  2. Increase Students’ Ability to Be Flexible, Adapt, Tolerate Frustration, and Solve Problems
    Discover proven strategies to identify and assess areas in which your students need your support … Receive highly effective tools to help inform intervention plans
  3. Implement the Five Essentials Students Need to Succeed
    Every student has five essential needs for comfort, structure, communication and more within the therapy room and classroom … Learn practical ways to integrate these five key essentials to increase students’ academic and social success
  4. Equip Students with Valuable Self-Regulation Strategies
    Learn how to help students identify when they are becoming dysregulated … Teach them to apply calming strategies to achieve balance and regulation
  5. Better Identify the Signs and Symptoms of Escalation and Dysregulation
    Become more familiar with the first signs of students’ approaching loss of internal control … Acquire the necessary skills to “get ahead” of the behavior before it becomes overwhelming
  6. Gain Valuable Tools to Use with Your Most Challenging Students
    Develop a plan that includes responsive strategies to keep students engaged, focused, and maintaining their learning momentum … Practice the positive, effective skill of responding instead of reacting
  7. Design Effective Intervention Plans for Students with Difficulty Self-Regulating
    Gain innovative, powerful strategies for gathering pertinent information and creating more effective intervention plans for students who are often dysregulated … Support your students in learning, applying, and succeeding
  8. Engage and Motivate Even Your Most Resistant Students
    Use current, child-centered philosophies, strategies, and perspectives to establish stronger relationships with all your students … Learn practical ways to keep your sessions strength-based and solution-oriented
  9. Essential Self-Care Practices for SLPs Working with Challenging Students
    Explore a variety of important self-care practices to remain at your best and avoid burnout … Ways to restore and refresh your energy so you can continue to best support your students
  10. Receive an Extensive Challenging Behaviors Digital Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook, specifically designed for this seminar, and packed with practical techniques, ideas, and powerful strategies you can use immediately to reduce challenging behaviors and increase student success

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Highly effective, classroom-proven strategies for reducing challenging behaviors to increase student success
  • Dozens of practical intervention techniques to help students with challenges including social-emotional dysregulation, adverse childhood experiences, divergent learning styles, severely delayed communication development, and more!
  • Practical ways to equip students with valuable self-regulation strategies
  • Early warning signs and symptoms of escalation and dysregulation – ways to identify and “get ahead” of the behavior and achieve regulation sooner
  • Innovative activities to calm the brain, unlock creativity, and accelerate availability for learning
  • Ways to identify underlying “triggers” for challenging behaviors and apply upstream interventions
  • Essential strategies for creating greater emotional safety for students with challenging behaviors
  • Foundational cognitive skills for strengthening flexible thinking as well as the ability to adapt, tolerate frustration, and solve problems
  • Psychoeducational strategies you can use with your students to help them better understand their brain and how it works
  • Neurological implications for our work as SLPs, helping improve students self-regulation, co-regulation, and communication
  • Vital self-care practices for SLPs to avoid exhaustion and burnout, and continue to best support their students

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

By choice or by chance, I have invested many years working with some of the most challenging, undesirable behaviors in schools, residential child treatment centers and alternative educational programs. When I was a newly graduated SLP, I was assigned to a second-grade student who could clear the cafeteria in 30 seconds flat (including throwing her tray at the food service ladies) and who destroyed classroom projects with impunity. I soon discovered that the techniques I had learned in graduate school, and in life, were not successful with highly dysregulated, traumatized, and unhappy students. I had a need to discover strategies and interventions that would help students maintain a balanced, calm state of mind and communicate with their words and thoughts rather than their actions.

Over the years, I learned to support behavioral regulation in students from preschool to graduation and everything in between. Whether in the therapy room, the classroom, or across the entire school, I have found that SLPs are often the professionals that teachers and staff turn to for assistance with dysregulated students.

Let me share with you what I have learned, so that you can also experience the rewards of powerful intervention strategies to reduce students’ challenging behaviors and increase your effectiveness as a therapeutic professional. During our day together, I will present you with dozens of strategies, ideas, and activities you can use to teach students how to identify when they are becoming dysregulated, and to establish a routine of calm, regulated behavior. Explore specific ways to strengthen areas of the brain that help increase students’ flexibility, adaptability, frustration tolerance, and creativity in solving their own problems. Examine triggers for challenging behaviors and design plans to reduce environmental stressors, task demands, and sensory overload. For you, the SLP, we’ll explore self-care techniques that will restore and refresh your energy and prepare you to face another day with hope and joy.

My goal for this seminar is to outfit you with tools, strategies, ideas, and knowledge that you can put into practice immediately, and to give you a fresh perspective on how to reduce your students’ challenging behaviors to achieve learning success.

Mary B. Asper

P.S. Be prepared to leave with dozens of practical solutions for developing self-regulation skills that will help all your students respond in more calm and communicative ways in the therapy room, classroom, and whole-school setting.

Who Should Attend

School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students in Grades PreK-12

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Extensive resources and strategies to assist you in reducing challenging behaviors while increasing student success
  • Ready-to-use interventions and activities to increase self-regulation, classroom or therapy room participation, and social engagement
  • Visual strategies to strengthen students’ motivation, calmness, engagement, and reflection
  • Resources to identify underlying causes of challenging behaviors and help you develop powerful, effective intervention plans
  • Plans and tools that help make transitions smooth and simple
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.


CEU Info

ASHA-Required Disclosure Statement for Mary Asper:
Presenter for the Bureau of Education & Research and receives honorarium compensation.
No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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