Understanding Student Behavior

Mark Strait

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ASHA CEUs: This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level

This workshop was designed to help SLPs learn methods of positively supporting student behavior in distance learning and classroom settings. Working in collaborative groups, the participants followed a basic protocol to analyze examples of their own professional behavior they wish to change. They analyzed challenging student behavior to plan for more desirable behaviors.

Instructor Information

Karen L. Bilbao, M.A., CCC-SLP has served in many aspects of special education service delivery during almost forty years in public education, including as a speech language pathologist, special education teacher, child study team member and director of special services. She moved on to building administration at both elementary and secondary levels and finally to the district level as assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. She currently works for The Stepping Stones Group

Financial Disclosure: Karen is an employee of The Stepping Stones Group and receives a salary for her position.  She has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists

Learner Objectives

As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define behavior in observable terms.
  2. Discover antecedents and consequences that are reinforcing undesirable behaviors.
  3. Define the function of undesirable behavior.
  4. Brainstorm alternative, more desirable behaviors, and ways they can be implemented in the context of the classroom and therapy room.
  5. Use federal and state resources from positive behavior support networks to aid in the analysis.


  • 30 minutes: Introductions/Overview of Behavior
  • 45 minutes: Supporting Behavior Change – The ABCs and Figuring Out the Function
  • 30 minutes: Identifying and Changing Our Own Professional Behavior
  • 45 minutes: Supporting Behavior Change in Classroom/Therapy Settings
  • 30 minutes: Resources from Federal and State Positive Behavior Support Networks