EDUC 574 - Positive Behavioral Support for Students with Disabilities
This course is designed to present advanced methods of understanding the function of behavior and planning effective means to identify potential problems and prevent the likelihood of negative behaviors in students. Students will learn how to observe, reflect, and evaluate the numerous educational environments and situations in which students are expected to learn (identifying potential triggers and barriers), planning (gaining specific knowledge of student strengths and needs through Functional Behavior Assessment), instruction (teaching strategies and self-monitoring to students), and the importance of consistent plan delivery and evaluation. Unique and effective methods and interventions under ongoing research for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social-Emotional Disturbance, Mental Health and complex issues related to Traumatic Brain Injury will be explored in this course.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the function of behavior demonstrated by students (attention, desire items/situation, stimulation, avoidance, tension-reduction), the independent completion of a Functional Behavior Assessment, and Development of an Appropriate Positive Behavioral Support Plan for a student (which would include setting program accommodations and direct instruction to the student in strategy use). Ten hours of clinical observation required. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 571 EDUC 572 EDUC 573