Presentation Title

Development and Training of Comprehensive Behavior Intervention Plans

Brief Biography

Drs. Jennifer L. Alexander and Katie A. Smith are Board Certified Behavior Analysts, certified special educators, and co-founders of Comprehensive Behavior Change, LLC (CBC). Before returning to The University of Georgia to obtain PhDs in Special Education, Dr. Smith was a teacher of individuals with autism and Dr. Alexander was an autism instructional coach. Both women have extensive knowledge and experience in working with a variety of individuals with both developmental disabilities and severe problem behavior. At CBC, they are dedicated to using both their classroom and clinical experiences to influence their work in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and those that support them.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Jennifer L. Alexander, PhD, BCBA-D

Katie A. Smith, PhD, BCBA-D

Presentation Abstract

This presentation is designed for practitioners working with students who engage in problem behavior in schools. Information will be provided with information related to current requirements for behavior intervention plans (BIPs) according to IDEA and common practice in the field of special education within the state of Georgia. This presentation will extend what is required based on law and common practice to what is best practice for meeting the needs of students with problem behavior based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s guidelines for responsible conduct. Information will be specifically provided about recommended components for an effective BIP that meets federal and state requirements, research based methods for training staff and parents to implement BIPs in the school and home, and ways to evaluate BIPs once implemented. Participants will leave with a copy of the Behavior Intervention Plan Development Tool.

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Development and Training of Comprehensive Behavior Intervention Plans

This presentation is designed for practitioners working with students who engage in problem behavior in schools. Information will be provided with information related to current requirements for behavior intervention plans (BIPs) according to IDEA and common practice in the field of special education within the state of Georgia. This presentation will extend what is required based on law and common practice to what is best practice for meeting the needs of students with problem behavior based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s guidelines for responsible conduct. Information will be specifically provided about recommended components for an effective BIP that meets federal and state requirements, research based methods for training staff and parents to implement BIPs in the school and home, and ways to evaluate BIPs once implemented. Participants will leave with a copy of the Behavior Intervention Plan Development Tool.