Guest Speaker

Molly Tucker

MSW

Molly is a PEERS® Certified School-Based Provider and a Community Services Specialist at the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. In this role, Molly provides training and technical assistance related to the use of positive behavior interventions and supports, as well as coordinates a leadership development program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also the coordinator of the annual Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support conference. Molly is an alumnus of the Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities leadership program and is a PEERS® Certified School-Based Provider. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Mercer University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia.

Day 2 – Friday

8:30 – 10:00a.m.

Exploring the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®): Evidence-based Practice for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism

…together with
Gereen Francis – BCaBA
Allison O’Hara

Purpose & Objectives

The PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) Curriculum is a manualized evidence-based and ecologically valid social skills training for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The PEERS® curriculum is taught over the course of 16 weeks and focuses on how to make and keep friends, as well as how to manage conflict and rejection. Each lesson consists of didactic instruction, as well as role-plays, behavioral rehearsals, and homework assignments. During this presentation, participants will be introduced to the 15 topics covered during the curriculum, as well as have the opportunity to participate in an abridged version of one of the didactic lessons.

  • Participants receive an overview of the PEERS® social skills curriculum content
  • Participants will learn the specific skill areas targeted for improvement through PEERS® intervention
  • Participants will gain exposure to the instructional approaches used be PEERS® trainers to promote generalizable improvement in social skills
Day 2 – Friday

10:15 – 11:45a.m.

 How to Conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)

…together with
Gereen Francis – BCaBA
Allison O’Hara

Purpose & Objectives

Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is an empirically-supported, multi-modal, data-driven approach to better understanding persistent, challenging behaviors. Both indirect, informal FBAs, as well as complex, formal FBAs have been used in school and clinical settings in order to determine why challenging behavior is occurring for decades. Only once the reason, or function of the behavior has been identified, are team members able to effectively establish and implement effective behavior interventions. During this presentation, participants will be receive an overview of the GSU-CLD 12-step FBA and Behavior Intervention Plan process which has been widely disseminated and implemented by hundreds of Georgia educators to assess and improve challenging student behaviors.

  • Participants will learn the general 12-step process behind the GSU-CLD approach to Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Participants will gain exposure to a data-driven approach to behavior assessment and intervention
  • Participants will receive initial information about how FBA results can and should be use to inform the behavior intervention process
Day 2 – Friday

1:15 – 2:45p.m.

Use Your Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to Create a Behavior Intervention Plan

…together with
Gereen Francis – BCaBA
Allison O’Hara

Purpose & Objectives

This presentation will serve as a follow-up to our earlier presentation, “How to Conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA).” Once the reason, or function of the behavior has been identified through an FBA, team members are able to effectively establish and implement effective behavior interventions. We will discuss the importance of both prevention-based methods of behavior reduction, as well as, reinforcement-based strategies aiming to increase positive, alternative behaviors to replace pre-existing challenging behaviors. Throughout this presentation, we will place strong emphasis on the importance of function-specific interventions in order to develop and implement effective behavior intervention plans.

  • Participants will learn how to use FBA results in order to inform the selection and implementation of effective behavior interventions
  • Participants will learn about empirically-supported, function-specific interventions for challenging behavior
  • Participants will learn the critical components that must be included as part of every behavior intervention plan

Keynote Speaker

Location and Venue

Savannah Convention Center
Savannah, GA

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