Aug 4, 2022 - 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Nicolle Carr, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Teachers, BCBAs, Speech Pathologists, BCaBAs, LMHCs, Psychologist – Licensed, Psychologists – School, School Leaders, Social Workers
Part 2: Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression & School Avoidance
Part one of the series covered evidence-based interventions for students having problems with attention to task, mild aggressive behaviors or anxiety. However, there are many other ways mental health problems may manifest in the classroom when a student presents with more aggressive or manic behaviors, ineffective communication and social skills, or school avoidance issues. The standard interventions often focus on assignment accommodations, social skills development and setting small goals. Even so, like the spectrum under which these diagnoses fall, so do additional considerations for support in the classroom both before and after the maladaptive behaviors occur.
Part 2 of this series focuses on a different set of mental health issues: Depression, Autism, Bipolar Disorder and School Avoidanceand the evidence-based interventions and teaching strategies that can be used to work with these students.
There is a need to help teachers and school personal understand mental health issues in a classroom. This includes both background on the disorder itself, including the neurobiology, as well as the behavioral manifestations seen in school. This session highlights several of the more typical disorders including the diagnostic criteria, most common behavior problems and evidence-based practices.
There are so many different needs of so many different students, that a one-size fits all remedy often may not work. Considering the environment around the behavior and results of the behavior are essential in selecting the appropriate and effective intervention. This process starts with observations, data collection and a smidge of research. We will also consider why treatment often does not work and how to best troubleshoot interventions you already have in place.