Wabash Valley Education Center

CANCELLED - WCIESC - Why Does This Student Have Problem Behavior? Come Learn How Functional Behavior Assessments Hold the Answer! (PK-12)


“Why does this student keep acting out?” “Their behavior happens out of the blue.” “I've tried everything and they keep engaging in problem behavior!” Persistent student challenging behavior often leads school personnel to make statements like these.


Functional behavior assessments hold the answers to these questions. A functional behavior assessment helps us understand why problem behaviors happen and forms a critical link to behavior support plans. Decades of research shows that the best way to reduce student challenging behavior is to conduct a high-quality functional behavior assessment.


This active workshop will take participants on a deep dive into the functional behavior assessment process. Through case studies, video examples, and active discussion, participants will learn how to conduct thorough and informative functional behavior assessments and how to link the results to effective and efficient behavior support plans.


This workshop will be held in Greencastle, IN



Mandy Rispoli

Dr. Rispoli has over 15 years of experience serving children with disabilities as a special education teacher, behavior analyst, administrator, and professor. To date, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters concerning behavioral assessment and intervention for children with autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Rispoli notes: “One of the most effective ways to improve student outcomes is to provide high quality professional development and ongoing support to teachers. My dedication to students with disabilities and their teachers guides my research and my teaching.”

Dr. Rispoli is a Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Dr. Rispoli is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral level and earned her doctorate in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin. To date, Dr. Rispoli has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters concerning the behavioral interventions for children with autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Rispoli’s research pertains to functional behavior assessment and prevention of challenging behavior. Her work in this area explores: (a) variables that may alter a child’s motivation to engage in challenging behaviors during behavioral assessments and interventions and (b) innovations in professional development for teachers of young children with challenging behavior. Dr. Rispoli serves on the editorial review board for Assessment for Effective Intervention, Behavior Modification, and Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.


Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (lunch on your own)

Location: WCIESC


Cost: $125/Service Center Member or $250/District not belonging to a Service Center*


*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 9/13/2021 1:41 PM EST


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