GiGi’s Playhouse New York • 106 West 117th Street, New York, NY 10026
Lecture with Kathleen Feeley: Strategies to Address Challenging Behaviors
March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Children with disabilities (including those with Down syndrome) are at greater risk of engaging in challenging behavior that has the potential to impact their learning and impact and limit a wide range of opportunities that can be afforded to them. However, with the use of evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies, challenging behavior can be systematically addressed so that the individual with Down syndrome can benefit from the full range of community and school based opportunities. This workshop will start with the sharing of tools that can be used to identify the reason why (i.e., the function) the behavior is occurring. Then, a series of strategies will be presented that specifically address each of the four primary functions (e.g., attention, escape, access to object/activities, and sensory motivated). Tips for helping to promote consistency across home, school, and the community will also be discussed.
About Dr. Feeley:
Dr. Kathleen Feeley is a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Long Island University. She is also the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Community Inclusion (CCI), home to three New York State Education Department funded technical assistance centers. Dr. Feeley’s published work includes research reports examining effective interventions to address the characteristic strengths and challenges associated with Down syndrome. The culmination of this work was recently published in a two book series, Off to a Good Start: A Behaviorally Based Model for Teaching Children with Down Syndrome. Dr. Feeley also works with school districts across the tristate area providing technical assistance to professionals supporting students with Down syndrome in inclusive settings.
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