Aug 12, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Lenny Caltabiano, Psy.D., NCSP
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Teachers, BCBAa, Speech Pathologists, BCaBAs, LMHCs, Psychologist – Licensed, Psychologists, School Leaders, Level III Teaching Assts., Social Workers
Research has suggested that children and adolescents with cognitive deficits are at higher risk of challenging or problem behavior. The presence of challenging behavior may further interfere with a student’s academic performance and development.
This workshop focuses on the interplay between cognitive deficits and challenging behavior. In order to develop effective intervention and supports, the teachers and support staff have to establish an understanding of both the nature of the underlying cognitive deficits as well as the antecedents and consequences that shape the behavior. Although behavior intervention planning is typically based on functional behavior assessments (FBA), failure to properly consider and understand a student’s cognitive deficits can lead to poorly designed interventions. This workshop reviews key areas of cognitive ability including memory, processing speed, auditory processing, visual processing, and fluid reasoning, and how deficits in these areas of cognitive ability could influence behavior. Participants will learn how to incorporate this information in intervention planning and develop a more comprehensive behavior plan.