Workshop to explain positive behavior interventions for students

April 7, 2012 at midnight
Updated April 6, 2012 at 11:07 p.m.

What motivates your child?

The answer is the crux behind positive behavior interventions, which have proven successful techniques for changing student behavior.

"You put something in place that is positive to get them to do the behavior you want. So it's not necessarily changing the child, but changing the environment or circumstance," said Brenda Nelson, TEAM project coordinator of the region.

The TEAM project of the Partners Resource Network is hosting more information sessions in the Crossroads, this time focusing on positive behavior interventions that target both kids with special needs and their non-disabled peers.

The Victoria workshop is Tuesday.

Parents will learn how their students can benefit from positive interventions, Nelson said. The process begins with an observation and assessment of the student, normally performed by a special education teacher, classroom teacher, psychologist or counselor.

"We will try to figure out - OK, every time this happens, then this is what the child does. So we want the child to do this other thing," Nelson said. "We're going to figure out how we are going to motivate them."

For example, Nelson said she found that with her 12-year-old son, who has asperger syndrome, an incentive chart featuring a race car helped him control behavior.

If "you reinforce when they do the good behavior then, theoretically, they're going to change their behavior," Nelson said. "Eventually, you fade out the rewards, and it becomes part of what they do."

Nelson will also offer an information session specifically for parents of students with autism. She will explain 11 strategies the state requires schools to implement for students with autism. The strategies include things like staff-to-student ratios, social skills training and positive behavior interventions, Nelson said.



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