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Educator Attitudes and Behaviors Associated with Better Outcomes
This presentation highlights that understanding precedes effective intervention. The limits of traditional discipline and revolving door school suspensions are examined. The role of how educators think about difficult behaviors and its effect on positive outcomes is explored. Attributional styles related to better outcomes are described along with the research that supports these correlations. Ways to de-escalate difficult moments of anxiety and frustration are identified and contrasted against ways that often serve to only escalate the problem. Lastly, a means to identify why repeat problems occur in order to set up effective prevention plans is outlined.
As a result of this activity, participants will be able to :
- Increase their understanding of why individuals demonstrate challenging behaviors
- Identify the educator attitudes that lead to improved behavioral outcomes
- Find ways to de-escalate and prevent meltdowns.
About the Presenter
Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of nine books, including Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; School Shadow Guidelines; No More Victims; No More Meltdowns; Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; and The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.