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Occupational Therapists: Reducing Disengaged, Defiant and Other Challenging Behaviors to Increase Student Success

Presented by Gregory Santucci
Outstanding Occupational Therapist, Consultant and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Occupational Therapists, Therapy Assistants and Education Teams Working with Students in Preschool-Grade 12

  • Realistic, easy-to-use strategies and a proven model to improve student behavior utilizing the most up-to-date sensory processing knowledge and the latest neuroscience research
  • Practical, highly effective techniques to improve your students’ self-regulation skills and reduce challenging behaviors in your therapy sessions and in the classroom
  • Proven strategies to more effectively address the developmental delays in students that cause challenging behaviors
  • New, innovative methods to improve your therapy work with students and address problems that are preventing them from succeeding in school

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Do you have students on your caseload that are impulsive, distracted, in constant motion, or can’t express what they’re thinking or feeling? Are you frustrated because you know these students with challenging behaviors are smart, capable students, but they just can’t meet our expectations, and are often labeled “lazy,” “manipulative,” “attention-seeking” or “difficult”? Are you looking for proven ways to get your students more engaged without the need for reinforcers, rewards or punishments? If you are asking yourself these questions, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss.

In this seminar, outstanding school-based occupational therapist Greg Santucci will share proven strategies to help reduce the incidence of challenging behaviors and increase student success in school. Greg will share highly effective strategies to help strengthen student self-regulation skills, as well as practical insights to improve challenging behaviors using current knowledge about sensory processing and the brain. You’ll learn how to more effectively identify the true causes of challenging behaviors and practical strategies to more effectively address them.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Strengthen Your Role as an Occupational Therapist in Addressing Challenging Behaviors in School
    Utilize easy-to-understand language with teachers to help them better support their students with challenging behavior
  2. Strengthen Students’ Self-Regulation Skills to Increase School Success
    Become more skilled at identifying what students need to meet our expectations and succeed in school … Educate teachers and empower students so they can get what they need in order to participate in school
  3. Re-Frame the Question “Is it Sensory or is it Behavior?” and Develop
    Appropriate Sensory Strategies that Will Improve Student Behavior Understand when sensory processing or other developmental factors are impacting behavior and learn practical strategies to help better support students
  4. Understand Why a Student May be Unable Meet the Expectations of School
    Recognize the true “function” of a behavior by using your clinical observation skills and the latest knowledge from the neurosciences … Learn realistic strategies for the classroom
  5. Implement Appropriate Sensory Diet Strategies Throughout the Day
    Understand the importance of somatosensory processing and identify when students are functioning in their more primitive brain
  6. Utilize Alternative Management Techniques to Help Students be More Successful in School
    Pioneer alternative behavior management techniques to help see past the behavior, and identify barriers that are preventing your students from meeting expectations
  7. Improve Student Behavior without the Need for Traditional Reinforcers, Rewards and Punishments
    Students do well when they have the tools and skills to do well … Learn practical ways to engage students in the process of solving the problems that are preventing them from succeeding
  8. Improve Attention, Concentration and Memory
    Learn practical techniques to improve your students’ attention, concentration and memory that will help them be more successful in school
  9. Utilize Simple, Easy-To-Use Data Collection Techniques to Measure Progress in Students’ On-Task Behavior
    Measure the effectiveness of your intervention strategies with easy-to-use documentation
  10. Receive an Extensive Occupational Therapy Resource Handbook
    Leave with an extensive occupational therapy resource handbook filled with detailed descriptions of all the therapy strategies and resources presented in the seminar

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the seminar you will be able to:
  • Recognize new and innovative strategies to help you better support your students with challenging behaviors
  • Examine proven strategies to address self-regulation deficits that may prevent students from finding success in school
  • Recognize highly effective alternatives to reinforcers, rewards, punishments, and “I am working for” charts
  • Identify the lagging skills that are impacting a student’s behavior and academic performance and more importantly, what you can do in your role as an occupational therapist
  • Select activities that will improve sensory processing, self-regulation and behavior

Practical Strategies for Occupational Therapy Service Delivery ...

  • Identify how stress, anxiety and trauma influence behaviors and ways you can provide appropriate sensory motor strategies, accommodations or modifications
  • Examine why efficient vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, and visual processing are essential for students to perform at an optimal level
  • Discuss easy-to-implement classroom techniques to improve attention, concentration and memory
  • Identify the critical difference between authoritarian and collaborative discipline and how they influence long-term changes in behavior
  • Select proven strategies to shift from “reactive” to “proactive” approaches to addressing challenging behavior

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As an occupational therapist working in schools, I’ve noticed that there’s an increasing focus on student behaviors and an unending attempt to control behaviors through point systems, token boards, clip charts and other traditional behavior modification techniques. Schools continue to increase academic demands and limit opportunities for movement. Because of greater academic pressures, they often coerce and reward students for quiet compliance and give “consequences” when students are unable to meet those expectations. What’s missing in this formula is consideration of where the students are, both physiologically and emotionally. Do they have the skills to meet the behavior expectations of school? Are they getting what they need in order meet those expectations? Current brain research tells us that if we dig deeper, we can get to the root of the problem that’s causing the challenging behavior and make long-term changes that will help students succeed. As occupational therapists, we are well equipped to address challenging behaviors and poor self-regulation in school. That’s the focus of this new seminar.

My goal in our day together is to provide you with a fresh, new way of looking at student behaviors. I will re-focus our attention on the students we work with, and not just their behaviors. Students want to do well and they can do well when they have the skills and tools to do so. I will share dozens of innovative strategies, techniques and activities to improve self-regulation in your students. I will also share strategies and language to use with teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators to better advocate for our students. You will be empowered with new ideas, approaches and a new mindset that your teachers and students will love! My goal is that you will leave this seminar fired up and ready to return to your school with a new energy and new ideas about sensory processing, self-regulation and challenging student behaviors. When the educational team meets about students with challenging behaviors, you will want a seat at the table and you will be prepared to offer positive, collaborative, evidence-based solutions to help students succeed!

I am so excited to share experiences and collaborate with you. I look forward to our day together.

Greg Santucci

P.S. With new ideas and new lenses comes new energy! If you can help one student after our seminar, our time together will have been well spent. Invest a day with me, and together we can make real differences in the lives of your students.

Who Should Attend

Occupational Therapists, Therapy Assistants and Education Teams Working with Students in Preschool-Grade 12

Special Benefits of Attending

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

  • Practical, proven strategies you can use immediately with your students with self-regulation and behavioral challenges
  • Reproducible forms to help improve your classroom observations, evaluation and data collection
  • Highly useful “sensory diet” strategies and activities to improve vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual processing

Meet and Share with Other Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their occupational therapy program.

AOTA LogoBER is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Full attendance at this seminar qualifies for .5 AOTA CEUs/5 Contact Hours per day of attendance. You are required to fully attend the seminar and complete a program evaluation and a learning outcomes assessment at the end. The assignment of AOTA CEUs/Contact Hours does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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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