Publications 

The Message of Special Travelers is broad, and reaches far.

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Abstract:

 

There is an antidote to biased disciplinary practices in schools. Using data tracking and accurate analysis of defined and measurable behavior significantly decreases the opportunity for racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline. This session will focus on the need for more advocacy of the use of data in school-based discipline. It will highlight case studies during which the use of data and appropriate analysis has derailed biases in school discipline.

Co-Presented at:

Coalition for Juvenile Justice's 2021 Racial and Ethnic Disparities conference; virtual

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Abstract:

 

The voice of family members regarding students with challenging behavior is an invaluable one, and often overlooked. This session will share case studies in which family members’ voices were highlighted throughout the process of conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and establishing function-based Positive Behavior Support plans. It will illustrate how the added perspectives of family members and their support for a new approach to their son or daughter’s challenging behavior created a critical difference in the students’ change.

Presented at:

Annual conference for Council for Exceptional Children; virtual 

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Abstract:

The school to prison pipeline exists in part because our bridge from the halls to the streets is broken. There is an urgent need for educators to understand the realities of students’ lives beyond the walls of schools, and for family members and representatives of law enforcement to understand the science of behavior, referred to as Positive Behavior Supports (PBS). This session will focus on the use of evidence-based PBS to steer productive collaboration.

Presented at:

Annual conference for Coalition for Juvenile Justice; Washington, DC

Abstract:

The grandfathers of Behavior Analysis provided us with incredible tools to understand and remediate incompatible behavior. The application of the science of behavior continues to develop, and there is an important intersection of it with communication. What have we learned and how is it informing our current methods in education?

Presented at:

15th Biennial Conference of International Association of Special Education; Perth, Australia 

Abstract:

Traditional approaches to problematic behavior may temporarily reduce actions that are not conducive to the environment, but how do they prepare individuals to act as independent, productive citizens of the world? There is a growing need to broaden the traditional treatment approach of behavior analysis to be more inclusive of strengths, differences and creative solutions. It is then that students receive the tools and methods for ‘BEing,” which transfers across environments and conditions.

Presented at:

Association of University Centers on Disabilities; Washington, DC

Published in:

Autism Parenting Magazine; Issue 53

Abstract:

There is a science that examines the relationship between individuals’ behavior and the elements of the environment.  Once understood and put into practice, solutions are greater than problems and learning takes precedence over behavior. Invest in proactive supports at the beginning of the school year and reduce additional challenges and costs later. Equip your staff with the tools for understanding behavior before they become overwhelmed by it, and set your students up for success!

Presented for:

DC Special Education Cooperative; Washington, DC

Abstract:

This session is designed to train educators and family members to develop individualized Community Integration Plans (CIPs) as a means to systematically teach students on the autism spectrum to fully participate in a wide range of community-based experiences.  The Community Integration Model offers a unique, data-driven approach to analyzing which skills need to be applied, or learned, to specific contexts within the community, empowering individuals to productively and confidently integrate into their local society. Furthermore, it will identify gap skills that need to be addressed, which could steer the next stages of the individuals' education.

Presented at:

Annual Autism Society Conference; Denver, Colorado

Abstract:

Family members of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are the most powerful people in their lives.  The present paper will empower family members to facilitate positive change in their children affected with the disorder by providing them practical strategies and techniques across three core areas: Behavior, Communication, and Play Skills.  Since it is within these three domains that both functional and learning experiences occur, families need to become equipped with result-oriented approaches that they can use on a daily basis.

Presented at:

Inaugural event, Autism Society of West Africa; Accra, Ghana