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Training in Action

Throughout her career, Ms. Jackson Teykaerts has been fortunate to work with many different healthcare and education professionals in collaborative and interdisciplinary practices. She has developed a variety of workshops that have been presented at both local and statewide conferences. In addition to satisfying her own passions, her presentations are meant to help teachers, clinicians, administrators, and the general public to better understand children with complex needs and their families.

COMING SOON: View some clips of recent seminars below!

 (In the meantime, check out some great informational videos from some of our favorite YouTube resources!)

The FBA | Functional Behavior Assessment | Special Education Decoded

The FBA | Functional Behavior Assessment | Special Education Decoded

An FBA is an acronym for Functional Behavior Assessments and Is a process that identifies behaviors that are directly Interfering With The Child’s Educational Progress; *** DOWNLOAD Your FREE Acronym Guide For Parents; 1. Specific target behavior 2. The purpose of that behavior 3. What factors maintain the behavior A functional behavior assessment is a part of the behavior intervention plan (OR BIP) process. If you’d like to more about behavior intervention plans or BIPs, please check out our video on that topic; When is it necessary to complete an FBA? When a specific behavior or emotional concern is; 1. Disrupting the academic progress of a child 2. Other children within the classroom. 3. A repeated behavior has escalated as the year has gone on and been a continuous concern. Now that we have discussed what an FBA (or Functional Behavior Assessment) is and when it’s necessary to complete let’s dive into why this type of assessment is a necessary part of a child’s academic progression… There are 4 main reasons; 1. An FBA is Used to find the specific behavior that is causing your child’s academic progress to decrease. 2. An FBA is Used as a part of creating a behavior intervention plan or BIP. 3. An FBA is Used to help both you, as a parent, and the teachers focus on the positive outcomes. 4. An FBA is Used to help you to build a relationship together. Now that we have discussed the importance of an FBA let’s cover an overview of what all goes into this assessment… What all does an FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) entail? 1. Identify the severity of the behavior - This is done with both Parents - And the Behavior Support Team - Or in some cases, The Child Study (Support) Team - Once the severity of the behavior is identified, we move on to step 2 in the process, 2. A Path Is Decided For The Assessment Which Will Eventually Become Part Of The BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan) - Less Severe Behaviors May Require -- Some Observations and -- Verbal Prompts -- Eventually, A Written Plan Is Created To Change The Challenging Behavior -More Severe Behaviors Require 5 Key Steps 1. Defining the target or key behavior 2. Several weeks worth of data collection 3. Developing a hypothesis 4. Setting up interventions and 5. Evaluating the plan and making sure it's effective -There are some Differentiating factors regarding the severity, they include -- The amount of time the FBA takes to complete. -- Amount of detail found within the plan The last part of an FBA or Functional Behavior Assessment is understanding how it fits into a BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan… How does the FBA fit into a Behavior Intervention Plan? 1. Creation of the FBA is the fourth Step in a BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan) - Again, check out our video regarding the BIP process 2. The FBA Is Vital As It Helps Identify Target Behaviors 3. An FBA Leads To Developing A Behavior Intervention Plan Tailored To Your Child’s needs Well… that wraps up the topic on Functional Behavior Assessments or FBA’s Questions / Or Video Topic Ideas? Email us; Additional Information On Behavior Type Issues; From All Of Us At THANK YOU!!!!
What is AAC?

What is AAC?

What is AAC? This quick video will give an overview of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) and discuss different types of AAC as well as specific terminology. This video can also be effective for staff training or anyone beginning to learn about AAC! To learn more about AAC and life skills, visit my website at Transcript below! Slide 1: Let’s talk about AAC! Slide 2: What is AAC? Slide 3: “Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) describes multiple ways to communicate that can supplement or compensate (either temporarily or permanently) for the impairment and disability patterns of individuals with severe expressive communication disorders.” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (n.d.). Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Asha. Org. Slide 4: Who is a candidate for AAC? Any individual with complex communication needs. Slide 5: There are no prerequisites for AAC! Slide 6: Watch my video about AAC myths to learn more! Slide 7: What do we call AAC systems? Talkers AAC devices Communication device/system iPad Speech Generating Devices (SGD) Voice Slide 8: I don’t want to confuse my talker with my playing iPad! That’s why I call it my talker! Slide 9: Here’s a quick overview of the different types of AAC. Slide 10: There are different types of communication Aided Unaided Slide 11: Unaided communication “Unaided modes of communication include nonspoken means of natural communication (including gestures and facial expressions) as well as manual signs and American Sign Language (ASL).” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (n.d.). Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Asha. Org. Slide 12: Aided communication “Aided modes of communication include those approaches that require some form of external support, such as a communication board with symbols (e.g., objects, pictures, photographs, line drawings, visual-graphic symbols, printed words, traditional orthography) or computers, handheld devices, or tablet devices with symbols that generate speech through synthetically produced or recorded natural ( digitized) means.” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (n.d.). Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Asha. Org. Slide 13: AAC: No Tech Communication Can include aided communication that is paper-based and no tech such as: PECS books, PODD books, communication books, eye gaze boards, large core boards, and many more! Slide 14: AAC: Low-Mid Tech Communication Can include: Communicative Devices that have voice output and are static such as Go Talk, Tech Talk, Big Mack, Prox Talker, and many more! Slide 15: AAC: High Tech Communication Includes aided communication that is dynamic and has text to speech such as communicating apps speech generating devices and more! Slide 16: Let’s get started
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