Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Master's Degree

Presentation Abstract

Supporting and teaching children with complex challenges can be a daunting task. Teachers want to inspire their students to reach their full academic potential. But when children struggle with learning – when they fail to hit typical milestones commensurate with their peers – their challenges can raise serious obstacles for teachers in the classroom, and damage children’s self-esteem.

While behavioral management systems have been proven to be effective for classroom behavior modification, challenges with implementation prevent teachers from consistently feeling successful in using them. Teachers may know what to do in theory, but they struggle with how to make it work in reality. And when these systems don’t yield desired results, teachers often don’t know how to modify them to improve their effectiveness.

In this interactive workshop, school counselors who want to help teachers and administrators effectively support complex kids will learn a new approach to behavior management that can be readily shared with other school personnel. Ultimately, you will learn how to help teachers simply modify traditional behavior modification techniques to improve results in the classroom.

This presentation will provide both a theoretical foundation and concrete strategies for using an innovative behavior management approach – the coach-approach – that has been derived from a research-driven model for change management and shown to improve outcomes for children. We will introduce three foundational principles with accompanying strategies that can support school personel in day-to-day management of complex children. This workshop will offer a paradigm shift for educators, with corresponding tactical strategies for implementation.

By addressing simple but specific processes and messages that teachers can employ to effectively help kids maximize their potential, school counselors will have an expanded toolbox to enhance their work.

Participants will be invited to interact with the material and personalize it to individual circumstances. We will engage the audience in experiential exercises, and handouts will provide participants with succinct but targeted notes. Participants will be asked to identify next steps for follow-up. They will leave this presentation with a combination of theory and practical application – with an understanding of how a “coach-approach” can shift learned helplessness, self-sabotage, and other obstacles facing students with learning challenges, and with a clear model to accompany learning strategies to achieve the best longterm outcome possible – the cultivation of lifelong learners.

As coaches and trainers, we lead dynamic, interactive training presentations. We regularly present nationally at conferences such as CHADD, LDA, and NAPO; and have been sought out to present internationally in London and Melbourne.

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Chaos to Calm: Three Behavior Management Strategies for "Complex" Students

Supporting and teaching children with complex challenges can be a daunting task. Teachers want to inspire their students to reach their full academic potential. But when children struggle with learning – when they fail to hit typical milestones commensurate with their peers – their challenges can raise serious obstacles for teachers in the classroom, and damage children’s self-esteem.

While behavioral management systems have been proven to be effective for classroom behavior modification, challenges with implementation prevent teachers from consistently feeling successful in using them. Teachers may know what to do in theory, but they struggle with how to make it work in reality. And when these systems don’t yield desired results, teachers often don’t know how to modify them to improve their effectiveness.

In this interactive workshop, school counselors who want to help teachers and administrators effectively support complex kids will learn a new approach to behavior management that can be readily shared with other school personnel. Ultimately, you will learn how to help teachers simply modify traditional behavior modification techniques to improve results in the classroom.

This presentation will provide both a theoretical foundation and concrete strategies for using an innovative behavior management approach – the coach-approach – that has been derived from a research-driven model for change management and shown to improve outcomes for children. We will introduce three foundational principles with accompanying strategies that can support school personel in day-to-day management of complex children. This workshop will offer a paradigm shift for educators, with corresponding tactical strategies for implementation.

By addressing simple but specific processes and messages that teachers can employ to effectively help kids maximize their potential, school counselors will have an expanded toolbox to enhance their work.

Participants will be invited to interact with the material and personalize it to individual circumstances. We will engage the audience in experiential exercises, and handouts will provide participants with succinct but targeted notes. Participants will be asked to identify next steps for follow-up. They will leave this presentation with a combination of theory and practical application – with an understanding of how a “coach-approach” can shift learned helplessness, self-sabotage, and other obstacles facing students with learning challenges, and with a clear model to accompany learning strategies to achieve the best longterm outcome possible – the cultivation of lifelong learners.

As coaches and trainers, we lead dynamic, interactive training presentations. We regularly present nationally at conferences such as CHADD, LDA, and NAPO; and have been sought out to present internationally in London and Melbourne.