Counseling & Special Ed

Why does one student get argumentative when she doesn’t get her way and another student become withdrawn when he feels hurt? What does it mean when a child makes negative comments about assignments, students or adults? While many behaviors may seem random and without justification, there is actual purpose behind them? This course will explore some of the things that underlie behavior and help educators to understand the “function of behavior” within students.
Participants will learn ways to increase productive motivation, reduce power struggles, and encourage more positive relationships between students.  We will explore the behavior continuum and evaluate various stages of behavior, and then examine some developmental approaches and specific interventions to support behavior change.
Each participant will analyze specific behaviors within his or her own setting and develop strategies for teaching alternative skills (or replacement skills) to students. We will also explore some of the less effective responses adults often elect to address specific student behaviors and suggest strategies that will be more supportive to positive behavioral changes in the classroom.
This course is appropriate for all grades, K-12 teachers, para-educators, counselors, administrators, and other support personnel.



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A course manual may be downloaded, from the instructor’s website at without charge, once you have registered for this course. Click on classes, from there scroll down the page and click on the orange lettering ‘Manual’ next to the class “Why Children Act Out”. On the next page, click again on the class “Why Children Act Out.” It will download as a PDF.

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