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SECTION 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives SECTION 2: Teaching Functional Skills in a Supportive, Choice-Filled Environment A. What Is a Functional Skill? B. The Four Guidelines for Deciding What to Teach C. Guideline #1: Depending on Others for Daily Needs D. Guideline #2: Using a Skill Over and Over E. Guideline #3: Learning Age-Appropriate Skills F. Guideline #4: Replacing Problem Behavior with a Skill G. The Right Training Setting and Materials H. Why Functional Skills Are Important I. Identify the Functional and Nonfunctional Skills J. The Significance of a Suitable Environment K. How Environments Affect Positive Behavior Support L. Four Things to Look for in the Environment M. Review N. Summary SECTION 3: Impact of the Environment and Supportive Interactions A. Step 1 of BSP: Make Needed Environmental Changes B. The Importance of Choice in Our Lives C. Different Ways of Making Choices D. Giving a Vocal Choice E. Giving a Two-Item Choice F. Giving a One-Item Choice G. Identifying When to Give Choices H. The Benefits of Choosing I. Supportive Interactions Are the Key J. Engage Everyone in a Group K. Positive vs. Negative Interactions L. Match a Person’s Interaction Style M. Helpful Tips for Group Interactions N. More Helpful Tips for Group Interactions O. Group Interaction Observation Form P. Group Interaction Observation Form: Definitions Q. ABC Model for Diffusing Problem Behavior R. Diffusing Potential Problem Situations with Positive Interactions S. Review Question T. Summary SECTION 4: Summary A. Course Review B. Course Contributors C. References D. Congratulations!
Dr. Dennis H. Reid is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has spent his career providing behavioral services as a teacher, psychologist, program director, and director of psychology services. Dr. Reid shows a sustained record of impressive and outstanding applied research with major benefits for its direct participants, populations of participants, and fellow researchers. While most of his work is reported as peer-reviewed research in the most rigorous of applied journals, he has also taken the time to write books and manuals to allow this information to be exported to the widest audience. His work on reinforcer assessment/preference and happiness indices was seminal and is frequently cited. This line of preference investigation has opened new opportunities for the lives of individuals with profound, multiple handicaps. His work in staff training and management (including staff motivation) has helped other researchers and practitioners understand and use these procedures. Disclosure: Dennis Reid, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Marsha Parsons, M.A.
Marsha B. Parsons is Director of the Dogwood Resource Center at the J. Iverson Riddle Center in Morganton, North Carolina, and has over 45 peer-reviewed journal article publications and has coauthored 3 books. She has over 30 years of supervisory experience and offers a wide range of behavioral support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has given more than 75 presentations in staff training, management and motivation, evaluation, and provision of services. Disclosure: Marsha Parsons, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Myra Lavenue, M.A.
Myra Lavenue has 16 years of experience creating educational material for online training, classroom training, technical manuals, user’s guides, quick-start guides, job aids, posters, video scripts, and newsletters. Her primary goal when developing instructions is always to write clearly, inform the reader, and engage the reader’s interest by using a voice the reader can relate to. Her customers have included Albertina Kerr Centers, Multnomah County (Oregon), Qwest Communications, American Express, Bellcore, AT&T, Intel Corporation, LAIKA Studios, Hewlett-Packard, The Gap, ACT Inc., John Deere, Rite Aid, and more. She has a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s in Communications from New York University. Disclosure: Myra Lavenue, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.