2018 May

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30 May: Monthly Series – Part 4: Effective Reinforcement and Consequences for Behavior

Effective Reinforcement Reinforcing a behavior is something educators do to make the behavior more likely to occur in the future. The key element of reinforcement is that it is done at the time of the behavior. It’s much different than offering a reward. Rewards mean giving a student something only after they have accomplished something. Reinforcers can be social, (i.e. praise) or tangible (a token, ticket etc.). They should be given for specific positive behaviors. Don’t reinforce a student for not doing something negative (that’s bribery, and it’s a bad idea). Remember that reinforcers don’t work when (a) the student’s need is more powerful than the reinforce, (b) the student doesn’t have the skill to perform the desired behavior, or…

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22 May: Monthly Series- May- Part 3: Effective Prompting and Confronting of Challenging Behaviors

Effective Prompting and Confronting of Challenging Behaviors By Dr. Will Henson In this post I want to talk about two very common staff behaviors – prompting and confronting – and how you can use them. Effective Prompts Prompting is probably the most commonly used intervention. We do it all the time and it is simply reminding someone to engage in a desired behavior. To make it most effective, prompt what you want (“I’d really like to see you arrive by 8:00am.”) not what you don’t want (“Don’t be late to class!”). You can also prompt an alternative behavior (“Instead of ripping up our assignment when you are angry, maybe you could ask for a break.”) You can make your prompts…

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16 May: Monthly Series-May: Part 2 – YOU!

By Dr. Will Henson Probably the most important element in managing challenging behavior is…you! That’s right. Setting theory, and models and everything else aside the most important element in any interaction involving challenging behavior is the attitude and emotional tone set by the educator. If you can stay of the battle, keep calm and maintain a helpful stance you are going to go a long way towards being effective. Educators that get caught up in the conflict can often think they are providing important feedback when their tone and other non-verbal behaviors are escalating the situation. Remember that your communication during a behavior incident is critical. Remember the mantra: Calm, Centered and Confident when addressing behavior. What are some other…

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11 May: Monthly Series – May – Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior

UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR By Dr. Will Henson It’s hard to write a blog post on something that fills volumes of literature. In my 15 years as a consultant to educational institutions, I’ve come to accept that sometimes all I have is a really short time to give people information they need – not to be experts – but to be more effective NOW. In this next series of blog posts, I’m going to cover some of the most important behavior principles. In this post I’m covering my number one foundational starting point, which is the way educators understand the nature of challenging behavior. HOW DO I UNDERSTAND BEHAVIOR? – The lens you apply to challenging behavior is probably…