Brief Biography

Karen Hamilton Barineau Ed. S. is an Autism Specialist for DeKalb County School District. She has 24 years of experience working with students with disabilities. Ms. Barineau believes that providing structure and organization on a child’s level of understanding can help to alleviate or moderate problems that arise. She has strong skills in developing visual supports, implementing augmentative communication, and solving behavior problems.

In her current job, she consults with teachers and parents on behavior, curriculum, and instruction, and helps them implement strategies in their classroom and home environment. Ms. Barineau also provides district level training on accessing Common Core Standards for individuals with disabilities, Autism Understanding, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. She has presented for parents and professionals on a local, state, and national level.

Carli Ferris Harrell, M.Ed. with a focus in Autism Studies, Atlanta, GA

Carli Harrell is an elementary special education teacher for DeKalb County School System. She has 3 years of teaching experience, all of which have been spent as an interrelated co-teacher. She has co-taught in all elementary grades except third. Ms. Harrell places strong value upon educating students, teachers, and other stakeholders about inclusion and disabilities. She feels that acceptance of students with disabilities is a key factor in providing effective, quality educational experiences for everyone. Her belief is that co-teaching can be successful only with determination, fidelity, patience, and humor. Her goal is to ensure that students with disabilities, including autism, are valued classmates, academically successful, and supported in a dynamic manner that truly provides the least restrictive environment appropriate.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Karen Barineau, Ed. S.

Carli Harrell, M. Ed.

Presentation Abstract

This session will focus on the concept of “learning for all”. Each child, regardless of ability or disability, deserves to be an active participant in the learning process. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a process of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior with all students. The focus of this presentation is on understanding why a child engages in problem behavior and establishing a behavior support plan. This session will address problem behaviors that range from aggression, tantrums, property destruction, and social skills deficits within the school setting.

Educators must be creative and develop behavioral supports or utilize pre-existing programs to provide opportunities for individuals with social and behavioral challenges to practice appropriate behaviors. The presenters will share a variety of educational materials, teaching techniques, and strategies for navigating issues that arise when supporting behavior into the academic setting. Participants will learn that success is achieved when all team members are actively involved in the behavior support process and when each team member feels that their contributions are valued and important.

Participants will leave with resource materials that they can immediately put into practice. With this help, individuals with disabilities can now have control over their learning and can demonstrate their capabilities to others.

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Dec 5 2014

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Practical Strategies That Work with Challenging Behavior!

This session will focus on the concept of “learning for all”. Each child, regardless of ability or disability, deserves to be an active participant in the learning process. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a process of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior with all students. The focus of this presentation is on understanding why a child engages in problem behavior and establishing a behavior support plan. This session will address problem behaviors that range from aggression, tantrums, property destruction, and social skills deficits within the school setting.

Educators must be creative and develop behavioral supports or utilize pre-existing programs to provide opportunities for individuals with social and behavioral challenges to practice appropriate behaviors. The presenters will share a variety of educational materials, teaching techniques, and strategies for navigating issues that arise when supporting behavior into the academic setting. Participants will learn that success is achieved when all team members are actively involved in the behavior support process and when each team member feels that their contributions are valued and important.

Participants will leave with resource materials that they can immediately put into practice. With this help, individuals with disabilities can now have control over their learning and can demonstrate their capabilities to others.