Behavioral Support Services

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) refers to an empirically based methodology that systematically targets socially significant behavior. This proven method utilizes observation, functional assessments, data collection, and data analysis to promote positive behavior change. Based on findings from functional assessments, a behavioral intervention plan is created, tailored to the needs of the individual.

Social Stories
Training discusses what social stories are, how to write social stories, the different types of social stories, and the types of behaviors social stories help diminish in order to successfully increase social interactions between students. Social stories help students with autism and related disabilities to increase social skills and by teaching students to understand the thoughts and perspectives of other people and to more easily predict an individual’s actions and assumptions, a student can learn to build rapport.

A Brief Look Into Applied Behavior Analysis
Training explores the topic of behavior analysis, including defining behavior, behavioral intervention, and the four functions of behavior, accompanied by examples. Training explains the role of Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Board Certified Associated Behavior Analysts.

Discrete Trial Training: A Brief Look at Familiar Methods
Training explores the discrete trial process, including parts to a discrete trial and various reinforcement methods. Methods discussed are variable response, prompting, reward charts, visual schedules, and stories. It explains the strategies involved when handling discrete trials and the two methods of reinforcement—continuous and partial.

Child Abuse and Incident/Accident Reporting
Training provides an overview about child abuse and how to report potential cases of child abuse. Topics include categories of abuse, types of maltreatment, and protocol for reporting child abuse.

Team Interactions
A background on Total Education Solutions and its functions, departments, and services. The presentation addresses how to be a leader, a leader’s goals, and who TES impacts. One of the goals included is the generalization of skills, where target behaviors are shown in all settings.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Methodologies and Approaches: Understanding Discrete Trial Training and Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
The training explores the different types of teaching methods in applied behavior analysis, which include DTT And PRT. The presentation consists of the history and steps of DTT as well as a comparison of DTT and PRT.

Beginning American Sign Language: Basic Signs Training #2
A handout listing terms and topics taught in the sign language sessions. Some of the topics that are included in the sessions include doing the alphabets, numbers, objects, greetings, emotions, time, and family. The handout also includes exercises for the students to complete during the class sessions.

Crisis and Behavior Intervention: Aggressive Behaviors
Apart of the crisis and behavior training, the presentation begins with a look at crisis and behavior intervention. The training proceeds to discuss aggressive behavior, illustrating what aggression is, what the phases of behavior are, three abilities affected by behavior, key removing concept, and what to do in times of behavior crisis. Aggressive behavior is then followed by crisis training.

Beginning American Sign Language: Basic Signs Training
A handout showing the gestures taught in the basic sign language classes. The handout starts with gestures for the alphabets, followed by the numbers, colors, objects, and then phrases.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Overview
An overview and history of what applied behavior analysis is, its development as a branch in behavior analysis, and its consideration as a scientific approach. The three levels of understanding conducted in ABA include description, prediction, and control. The training includes the seven defining dimensions of ABA: applied, behavioral, analytic, technological, conceptually semantic, effective, and generality.

ABA TES Training
The presentation defines what applied behavior analysis is, its basic principles, common misconceptions of ABA, and the importance of data collection. The training covers in detail the basic ABA principles: antecedent, behavior, consequence, positive and negative reinforcement, extinction, differential reinforcement, and positive and negative punishment. In addition to the basic principles, the PowerPoint covers the following teaching methods: discrete trial training, errorless teaching, and natural environment teaching, and ends with a discussion on generalization of skills.

Behavior Intervention Strategies
The training covers behavior management strategies. Strategies for increasing positive student behaviors include giving verbal and nonverbal cues for effective praise. The PowerPoint explains the overall purpose of behavior management, the goal of positive behavior management, and the techniques to use for managing behavior.

Behavior Management
Training provides an overview of behavior management, including practices & approaches, tools, reinforcements, and guidelines for verbal praise. It explains guidelines for ethical behavior management and case studies to practice the information reviewed.

Behavior Management II
Training explores the various methods of operant conditioning used to reinforce or punish behavior. Topics include positive & negative reinforcement, positive & negative punishment, different kinds of reinforcing stimuli, factors of reinforcement, and when reinforcement doesn’t work. Training promotes the use of verbal and nonverbal cues along with environments that encourage desired behavior.

Behavior Support Components
Training explores the three main components of behavior support: prevention strategies, replacement skills, and responses to behavior. It includes an activity to practice the different components learned.

Behavior Treatment Plans
Behavior treatment plan presentation explores the behavior treatment process, including defining behavior, identifying communicative intent, consequences, generating hypothesis, and developing an intervention plan. It explains the difference between reinforcement and reward.

Classroom Professionalism and Working with Difficult People
Training provides pointers on how to deal with difficult people, including preventing conflicts, managing the difficult person, proactive behaviors and self defense. It provides role playing scenarios to practice the information learned.

Communication and Boundaries
Training begins with an explanation of why communication is important for work relationships, knowing with whom to communicate and form boundaries with at work, and how to keep conversations positive. The presentation gives tips on how to communicate by first listening, paying attention to body language, and para-verbal communication. The training proceeds to give examples of communication between student/teacher/provider/parent. The presentation concludes by giving tips and advising clarifying roles.

Contriving Opportunities
Training is a lesson on how teachers/clinicians know what goals to set for each of their students and how to reach them by contriving opportunities via activities to instill those goals. Objective involves identifying the purpose of the goal. A scenario is given as an example of what goals are set for a specific student, the objectives, and opportunities that can be created for the objective to be met during the school day. Training ends with an acitivity.

Data Collection
Data collection concerns data collection and behavior measurement. The training discusses data collection as a scientific approach on observing and evaluating behavior before providing effective intervention. Data collection 2 includes updates of new data sheet formats and reminders to take down data daily.

Developing Training Guidelines for Parents
The training discusses the purpose of training guidelines for parents and who benefits from the guidelines. The training also includes an activity.

Effective Instruction
Training includes a list of what effective instruction entails. Effective instruction involves applied behavior analysis, which includes in the training a discussion on discrete trial training. A video is also included in the presentation.

Effective and Professional Communication
Training includes defining guidelines to communicating effectively and professionally, the steps involved, with examples. The training also includes an activity for trainees to apply the tips taught during the presentation.

Effective Reinforcement: How to Find Powerful Tools to Increase Success in Behavior Programs
Training explores how to increase success in behavior programs through effective reinforcement. Topics include preference assessments, indirect assessments, direct assessment, paired choice, and limitations and considerations. Training provides reinforcement guidelines and guidelines for the different types of assessments to ensure the appropriate procedure is followed.

Expanding Reinforcers
The training discusses what a reinforcer is, the different types of reinforcers, why it is important to have reinforcement, and the risks of not having different reinforcements in students’ repertoire. An activity is included in the training.

Extinction and Differential Reinforcement
Extinction training explains what extinction is, the procedure involved, and its misconceptions. Differential reinforcement is an overview of the types of differential reinforcements, differential reinforcements of incompatible and alternative behaviors, selecting a replacement behavior, and the differential reinforcement of low and high rates of behavior.

Functional Communication
The training includes the various modes of communication and different kinds of behavior accompanied by scenarios of what behavior functions a child is showing and what replacement behaviors can be taught.

Functions of Behavior
A beginning lesson on behavior—what behavior is and the functions of one’s behavior. A functional behavior is one that produces reinforcement for the student. The training goes into detail the consequences or reinforcements following a given behavior.

Promoting Generalization
Training includes strategies to use when managing a student’s behavior. Presentation explains what the term “generalization” refers to when it comes to implementing any type of intervention to change a behavior. The lesson includes definition of terms, planning for generalization, strategies for promoting generalized behavior change, and guiding principles.

Hands on Training for Supervision
Training instructs participants on applicable behavior when working with behavior interventionist, students, staff, and parents. It includes case studies to practice the information reviewed.

Making An Impact Through Our Services
Presentation explains what TES’ function and role is as a behavior support provider. The training discusses who and how TES impacts, what TES’ ultimate goal or impact is, and how to successfully fade its services once a child or a school attains the tools learned from TES to no longer require support.

Implementing Behavior Treatment Plans: Challenges in the Process of Bringing Behavior Plans to Practice
The training explains the steps on implementing a behavior treatment plan, the treatments involved, and the definition of treatment integrity. The presentation goes on to discuss how to achieve a high level of treatment integrity through simplification and standardization of treatment plans.

Multidisciplinary Approaches: Nondirective and Directive Techniques
An overview of the multidisciplinary approaches: applied behavior analysis and non-directive techniques. The presentation states what each approach offers strategies for and goes into detail on nondirective techniques. The presentation includes a role-playing activity.

Office Information
Training provides an overview of what is expected of participants while working in the office including modified consent decree, weekly data records, and webmail. It includes information about when make-up time is allotted.

Professionalism and Personal Relationships
An explanation of what professionalism is and what constitutes as being a professional. The demonstration comprises of how to maintain professionalism in certain scenarios, such as: dealing with difficult people and having friends and relationships in the workplace.

Positive Peer Interactions/Appropriate Play: Modeling and Teaching Appropriate Behaviors/Social Skills
Training explores the topic of positive peer interaction by providing models to teach appropriate social skills. Subjects include what are positive social interactions and teaching social skills. The presentation includes an activity.

Promoting and Securing Independence in Our Clients
A discussion on how clients achieve their independence from behavior support. Training begins with explaining what keeps clients from obtaining independence, a discussion on contingent-based strategies, and the strategies used to promote independence. It includes generalization, prompting, and reinforcement schedules. The training includes an activity.

Providing Services in the Home Environment
Presentation discusses TES’ guidelines, creating home schedules and a safe environment, and tracking progress with a weekly data record and session summaries.

Positive and Negative Reinforcement
The training starts with basic definitions of the reinforcement schedules, followed by the different types of reinforcements and how to effectively use them.

How to Identify and Train a Replacement Behavior
An introduction and training on replacement behavior. Training includes how to teach replacement behaviors and behavioral functions. Presentation shows scenarios depicting a specific behavioral function and questioning what replacement behavior should be used for each scenario. A quiz is included in the training.

Sensory Processing Disorder: Otherwise Known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Training provides an overview of sensory processing disorder otherwise known as sensory integration dysfunction and the appropriate treatment for the disorder. Topics include theory of sensory integration, the sub-categories of sensory processing disorder, and the signs of a sensory disorder. Training describes activities participants can do to treat the various sensory disorders.

Social Activities in Group Settings
The presentation covers what social activities are and how it benefits TES clients. The presentation includes activity choices, which include: social communication through the arts, yoga classes, cooperative construction projects, activities that teach kids to negotiate, team sports and good sportsmanship, board games, and practicing social scripts—role-playing social skills activities.

Support While in the Classroom: A Brief Look at Familiar Methods
Training explores various methods used to discipline and structure the classroom. Methods include discrete trial, floortime, variable response method, social stories, and visual supports. Training describes the appropriate approaches for the different methods.

Teaching Prerequisite Skills
Training goes over what prerequisite skills are and how to teach them. The presentation also includes a discussion on discrete trials training as it is a tool that emphasizes on positive reinforcement.

The Role of the Behaviorist
Training provides participants with guidelines and pointers on what to expect as a behaviorist. Topics include on the job location, supporting casts and tools, and the types of disabilities the clients will have. The presentation explains the skills necessary when dealing with clients.

PECS Training
An overview of what PECS is and how to set up a proper environment for communication development with the necessary materials. The training goes into detail on the phases of PECS, which includes a discussion on discrete trial training and how it fits as a teaching strategy.

Token Systems and Visual Supports
PowerPoint shows the two teaching methods, token economy system and visual supports, to get students to reach target behaviors and increase learning. Presentation describes what a token economy is, the advantage of using it, and how to create one. The training also demonstrates how to use visual supports.

Treatment Plans and Weekly Data Records: What to Do and How to Report It
Training explores the process of accessing treatment plans, maintaining weekly data records, and understanding their purposes. It explains what to do when clients are not cooperating with the treatment plan and the do’s and don’ts of writing weekly data records.

Vision Therapy
The training discusses what vision therapy is, the signs of having vision problems, and a comparison between vision problems and ADHD. Much of the presentation also consists of activities.

Visuals: What Works For My Client?
Training explains the different types of visual schedules and when to use them. Topics include transition schedules, social stories, then and now scheduling, and a PECS schedule. If participants feel his/her client can benefit from visuals he/she should meet with his/her supervisors.

Visual Supports: Making PECS-Creating Picture Exchange Symbols and Understanding Visual Schedules
A handout showing the process of making PECS. The process includes guidelines for creating symbols, selection books, and boards. Visual Schedules’ handout provides descriptions of what a visual schedule is and how to one. The description provides steps and helpful hints on creating a visual schedule.

Visual and Tactile Tools for Behavior
The presentation is an overview of how to utilize tactile and visual communication for clients that are developmentally delayed in verbal expression and auditory reception. The training lists different tactile activities to increase stimulation, such as: finger painting, playing with squishy, moveable, or different textured toys, and being in the outdoors, and visual activities that include illustrations, visual schedules, PECS, and “I Spy” games.

LAUSD Welligent Training
Training provides a review if the expectations, session details, session notes, and printing procedures when using Welligent. It includes an overview of the Welligent software including daily information, billing, modified consent decree, and legal document.

Educational Support Program: Mentoring Program Outline and Description, Mentor Application, and Mentor Contact Log
Entry consists of sample documents pertaining to the mentor program; the sample documents included are: a description of the mentoring program and its purpose, expectations, and responsibilities, the mentor application, contact log, and a sample observation E-mail.

Understanding Diagnostic Approaches
Training explains the diagnosis process including direct observation techniques, common childhood disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, diagnosing and evaluating, and behavior therapy techniques.

What Is FBA and FAA?
A training on the procedures of setting goals and discovering functions in FBA and FAA, the selection and creation of treatment plans, implementing interventions, collecting and analyzing data, and re-evaluating FBA and FAA. The training also discusses the LAUSD requirements on FBA and FAA.

What is Our Position and Purpose During an IEP Meeting?
Training explains the importance of having an IEP meeting to determine what services a student needs, including who is eligible for an IEP and the purpose of a behavior support supervisor during an IEP meeting. It provides the Do’s and Don’ts for before, during, and after the IEP meeting.

What Would You Do?
A handout discussing possible scenarios clinicians might come across and what they can do in those situations.
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Managing Challenging Behaviors During Academic Instruction
Session begins with having participants role-play as student/tutor and follows with instructions and tips on managing behavior. Guidelines include minimizing distractions, setting up a reward system, and developing strategies for better focus, concentration, and attention.

Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS): What Works for Your Student
The presentation defines what PECS is and an explanation of the appropriate time to implement PECS in a student’s lessons. The training explains the six stages of PECS and how to use the system. Sample strategies are included to illustrate how to work with students. The training concludes with an activity consisting of the most common used words in the PECS lessons.

Positive Behavior Supports
The lesson explores various methods used to promote positive behavior in a classroom environment. Topic includes approaches to problem behavior, behavior support plans, and quality behavior plans. Key focus and concepts demonstrate how to create a productive learning environment. The presentation invites participants to manage problem behaviors through effective methods.

Progress Reports
Progress reports’ training explains the purpose and steps to writing a progress report including treatment plan, data assessment, and generalization of skills.

Team Management – Trainings and Discipline: “Putting it Together”
Training provides information for participants on how to lead and discipline providers, including what makes a good leader, the steps to discipline a provider, and possible scenarios where discipline would be necessary. It includes role playing activity to help determine the appropriate disciplinary solution.

Schoolwide Strategies for Managing Off-Task Behavior
A list of guidelines on how to keep students’ attention, especially students that have chronic difficulties paying attention in class because of conditions such as ADHD. The handout includes suggestions of what may cause students to lose focus or become preoccupied with anxious thoughts, and what can be done differently to keep a student focused. Such tips include keeping instructions motivating and keeping students active by making them highly participatory in the lesson being given.

How to Create a Successful Learning Environment
Presentation includes how to assess whether a child has an ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and strategies of reducing anxiety during assessments and student testing. Strategies include using visual supports or social stories and interviewing parents on their child’s behavior. Methods of teaching suggested in training are: structuring the environment, such as positioning desks in certain ways, organizing the classroom, individualizing student schedules, using visual cues, and balancing between group and individual activities.