Webinar Provides Educators with Evidence-Based Positive Intervention Approaches for Special Education

Experts discuss alternatives to reactive disciplinary approaches such as seclusion, restraint and in-school suspension

SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, 2015 – Managing classroom behavior, especially when reacting to the behavior is the only form of management, can be challenging in classrooms containing students with behavioral and mental health needs. To provide educators with evidence-based preventative disciplinary approaches, PresenceLearning is hosting the “Positive Behavior Strategies: The Real Road to School Climate Changewebinar on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST. During the live 90-minute webinar, positive behavior intervention expert Dr. Daniel Crimmins and early intervention specialist Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick will describe these alternative approaches and how they can improve student achievement and school culture for employees, students and families. This is the second of three webinars in the “Real School Climate Change” fall 2015 webinar series presented by PresenceLearning.

To register for this webinar, visit: https://pages.presencelearning.com/webinar-school-climate-change-crimmins-mccormick-register.html.

Numerous news stories, government reports, and proposed federal legislation provide evidence that disciplinary approaches such as seclusion, restraint and out-of-school suspension are often dangerous for students and create a negative school climate.

By attending this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Describe the relationships between disciplinary approaches and school climate – both negative and positive.
  • Understand the tiered system of positive behavioral interventions and supports.
  • Identify at least one system-level, small-group-level, and individual-level intervention applicable to the participant’s school setting.

About Real School Climate Change Webinar Series
The three-part “Real School Climate Change” fall webinar series features expert advice on how to implement effective behavior interventions from behavior disorder expert Dr. Joe Ryan; an outline of practice alternatives to the controversial seclusion and restraint tactics, as well as out-of-school suspension tactics, from special education policy expert Dr. Daniel Crimmins; and an introduction to The SCERTS® (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support) Model, including how it can positively impact social-emotional development for those students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), by Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, along with Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, and Amy Laurent, Ed.M, OTR/L.

For complete information about the series and to register for all three webinars, visit: /resources/sped-ahead-special-education-resources-webinars/real-school-climate-change-webinar-series/.

About Dr. Daniel Crimmins
Dr. Daniel Crimmins is the Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University and the author of Positive Strategies: Developing Individualized Supports in the Schools.

About Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick
Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick is Assoc. Executive Director for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and is a co-author of Young Children with Special Needs: A Developmentally Appropriate Approach and numerous articles on early intervention.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading telehealth network of providers of clinical services and assessments to educational organizations. The PresenceLearning care network has provided over one million sessions of live, online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions and mental health services, diagnostic services and assessments, and early childhood services for children with special needs.