Building Behavioral Expertise: Function Based Support (Six Month Seminar)

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Building Behavioral Expertise: Function Based Support (Six Month Seminar)

Objective: Learning how to build a behavior support team in your schoolgroup of teachers

Audience:

  • Pre-K through 12th grade
  • General and Special Education
  • Educators, Counselors, Psychologists, Administrators, Parents, Therapeutic Foster Parents, Behavior Specialists, Support Staff

Requirements:

  • A presentation time of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 for six days.
  • Three people from each school will need to come for all six sessions (more can come if possible. Suggested participants include administrator, general education representative and special education representative
  • A link will be sent for the booklet required for this training. You will need to print a booklet for each participant
  • Dr. Riffel will link the PowerPoint presentation the day of the training for participants.
  • Classroom style setting for participants (they will be writing and participating in group discussions.)
  • If more than 50 participants, Dr. Riffel will need a lavaliere (lapel) microphone and the ability to link to a sound system for video clips that illustrate specific points. (Dr. Riffel cannot hold a microphone for an extended period of time or stand in one place as she demonstrates with actual materials and through audience interaction.)
  • An extra table up front is required for demonstration materials.

Description:

This is a six-month course. Three or more participants from each school come to a central location once a month for six months. The participants will learn first how to collect a real functional behavior assessment by analyzing ten days of real data. After learning the secrets of good functional behavior assessment planning, Dr. Riffel will instruct the participants on how to collect data on one of their own students.

The second month, the participants will put the data from their own student into the FBA Data Tool. The FBA Data Tool is an easy to use graphing program which will show:

  • time of day
  • day of the week
  • setting event or context
  • antecedent
  • behavior (frequency and duration)
  • consequences

Here are the two downloads for the FBA Data Tool (one is the tool and one is the directions in a PowerPoint format. The tool is free):

This tool also calculates baseline. Utilizing this information, each participant will develop a competing pathway chart and then develop a behavioral intervention plan based upon a multi-modal design including antecedent manipulations, replacement behavior teaching, and consequence modifications. Participants will also learn some tertiary level interventions for the classroom. Participants will choose a second student to collect baseline on utilizing the FBA Data Tool.

The third month of this course, the participants will bring back their data on their first and second students and data will be entered into the baseline, intervention, and follow-up data chart to determine success. If the intervention needs tweaking, Dr. Riffel will help the participants modify their current plan. The participants will gain more training on tertiary level interventions for the classroom. Participants will choose a third student and will be able to use any data collection tool they like from a wide variety which have been shared over the past three sessions.

The fourth month of this course, the participants will bring back data on all three students. This information will be entered into the baseline, intervention, and follow-up data chart to determine success. Dr. Riffel will help the participants determine the need for tweaking any of the intervention plans. Dr. Riffel will share targeted group interventions. Specifically, she will focus on students with low self-esteem and an intervention plan which will help them be more successful. Participants will choose one student with low self-esteem and take baseline data and average academic grades. The interventions will be implemented for one month and prior to the fifth session, participants will collect intervention data and average grades again. Participants will enter the data in the Four P Graphing Tool.

The fifth month of this course, the participants will bring back data on all four students. Everyone will share their data with their Four P’s student (the student with low self-esteem). Over 1000 students have made improvement using this intervention. Participants will enter their data for Students 1-4 on the baseline, intervention, and follow-up data chart. Dr. Riffel will share a learning style survey paired with teaching styles in the afternoon of this session. For the last session, participants will choose one student and conduct the learning style survey, collect baseline data, and put the color-coded interventions in place.

The sixth month of this course, the participants will share their own powerpoints of their students with the entire group. Dr. Riffel will share alphabet soup; which, is a hodgepodge of behavioral interventions based on topics found to be in need with the entire group.

In the end, each participant will have conducted five full functional behavior assessments.

Here are samples with fake names for you to use as guides samples

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First Session

FBA to BIP First Session Powerpoint for the first session

fy17fba2bipsixmonthclass booklet for class (electronic version)

Homework:

Collect data on your first student- you will enter the data when you come to the second class. You will want to download the FBA Data Tool before you come to class

Here is a booklet that will help you conduct your first Behavior Support Team (BST) Meeting to begin collecting data: How to Conduct a BST booklet

FBA Data Tool 2003 and later versions of Excel (this is the newest version)- you should already have this- but save one as a blank- you may have named your other one already and entered data into it.

Directions for New FBA Data Tool (This is a PowerPoint showing you how to use the FBA Data Tool)

Blank Presentation Format– We will work on this in class on Tuesday

Student Strength Page

(BIF TOOL)  baseline, intervention, and follow-up data – We will enter this information in class.

Watch this PowerPoint: – it is tape recorded, so turn up the volume and play it as a Powerpoint show- click here for the taped version of the FBA to BIP (it’s a shorter version of what we did in class- but enough to get you ready for the second class)

We also went over the ten rules of behavior.  These are important to know before you begin conducting functional behavior assessments. Here is a recorded version of those rules.

 Second Class

PowerPoint for Second Class

Homework

Collect three days of “probe” data for Student A.  That means just take frequency data (tallies) for how many times the behavior occurs.  This will be part of your intervention data. We will compare it to baseline. We will enter it in the BIF Tool next month.  You don’t need to worry, we will go over it in class.
Collect five days of FBA data on Student B.  Just like you did for Student A.  Use the FBA Data Tool.  Bring in the printed data graphs and the Triple T- Triple R Chart filled out with your ideas.
Download the BIF Tool-(BIF TOOL)  baseline, intervention, and follow-up data
Download the Blank Presentation Format– We will work on this in class during session three

Third Class

Just so it is clear for next class- here is the assignment:
  • Continue implementation of the interventions you developed for student A
  • Collect probe data (once per week) – for most of you, this will be frequency data on Student A
  • Begin implementation of the interventions you developed for student B
  • Collect probe data (once per week)- for most of you, this will still be frequency data on Student B
  • Choose one behavior and collect 3 days of probe data on Student C (Student with Low Self-Esteem)- Frequency or Duration- no ABC data- just counts or measures. (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday- if you can).  Find grades for two or three core subjects and record.
    • Put the 4P’s interventions in place- Public Relations, Proficiency, Power, and Philanthropy
    • Take probe data once per week on the student’s one behavior you are targeting.
    • When you come back next time, you will have 3 days of baseline data and 2 days of intervention data.  We won’t be finished- but we will be well on our way 🙂
  • If you have any questions- email me – caughtyoubeinggood@gmail.com

 

Fourth Class

Be sure to bring your probe data for Student A, Student B, and your baseline data and probes for Student C that you have begun.

PowerPoint

Here is the list of ideas for the Four P’s.  Thank you to Kathy Haley for typing them up for us.  🙂  Here is the Tulsa’s list of ideas for the Four P’s Thank you to Christine Midgley for typing them up for us.

 

Fifth Class

Be sure to bring your probe data for Student A, B, C, and D.

Student A is in the intervention phase. You are comparing probe data to baseline frequency.

Student B is in the intervention phase. You are comparing probe data to baseline frequency.

Student C is in the intervention phase. You took three days of frequency probe data and recorded grades. You put the Four P’s in place. Now you are doing once a week probes on the frequency of behavior and comparing grades.

Student D is in the baseline phase. You took baseline data using the FBA Data Tool. You should have this data entered into the FBA Data Tool and have the Triple T-Triple R Chart filled out ready to being intervention phase if you have not started already.

We will continue with last month’s PowerPoint along with the following:

Learning Style Survey PowerPoint

Homework for the final class:

Bring a presentation with your group completely finished with all of your students and data. You will give me a copy.  You will together present on one. One person can speak or all of you.  We will have to limit the time for presentations so everyone can share.

Here are some samples from previous classes: samples

 

 

 

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Other tools you can use:

Data Collection Tools

FBA Data Tools

IEP Tools

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