Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Emotional and Behavioral Resources

Each year we send out an annual list of resources, trainings, and DPI updates related to emotional and behavioral functioning. The greatest resource or intervention is and always will be you.  Thank you for all your skills, thoughts, and experiences in helping our students be successful.  Your students are so fortunate to have YOU. 

1. Functional Behavioral Assessments
  • Attachment- Local FBA Form - I have attached a FBA form which has been used in our school district. 
  • Functional Behavioral Assessments (DPI Autism Webinar) which will be held on Thursday November 7 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the MAES Computer Lab
2. Upcoming Statewide Trainings
  • 21st Annual Emotional Behavioral Disability Institute which is on February 26-28, 2014 in Wausau
3. Resources
  • Blueprints for Success: Instructional Strategies to Promote Appropriate Behaviors - Thirteen behaviors were identified and charts - or blueprints - developed for the most commonly occurring functions of each behavior. Instructional strategies for both the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors are included, as are instructional consequences.
  • Verbal De-Escalation Presentation - The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) has developed a presentation about the use of verbal de-escalation as a means to reduce or eliminate the use of seclusion and physical restraint in public schools at
4. Treatment
  • School Based Mental Health Counseling - Counseling Connection - We have a contract through Counseling Connection to provide School Based Mental Health Counseling in our schools.  We have the forms for parents to complete which will help determine if parent insurance or medical assistance will pay for the school based mental health counseling.  Contact me for more information. 
5. School Staffing
School psychologists, school counselors, cross-categorical special education teachers, EBD resource teachers, PBIS coaches, police liaison, Occupational Therapist, paraprofessional support, and administrators are all local resources. Another excellent resource is Don Everhard who is a licensed principal, guidance counselor, school social worker, crisis worker, and school safety expert. 

6. IEP Teams
We can address behaviors through the IEP by including: behavioral plans, positive behavioral supports, related services, supplementary aids and services, and direct special education services. 

7. Autism Spectrum Disorder
Here is a link to the handouts and powerpoint presentations from past autism trainings and other resources in the school district:

8. Addressing the Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint
I have attached the following information. 
  • Addressing the Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint Guidelines
  • How to write and include Physical Restraint in the IEP
  • How to write and include Seclusion in the IEP
  • Addressing the Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint Frequently Asked Questions

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