7 Ways to Facilitate Successful Team Meetings for Writing BSPs (FREEBIE!)

Thanks to MelonhedzLovin' Lit, and
I Teach What's Your Superpower for images
Whew!  What a crazy time of year--gotta love (or not) the beginning of school.  I know for some of you it's still a ways off, but for all my friends in the South it's coming sooner rather than later.  And I'm trying to get some new products up and ready for the new year (and the big TPT sale--more later) and helping my consulting client districts get their classrooms set up.  And, oh yeah, all my graduate students have been very busy over the summer--which keeps me busy. In all of that, I know you probably think I forgot about the behavior series, but I promise I didn't!  So this is the next in the series.  Last time I talked about the reasons why behavior support plans should be created by a team.  Today I want to talk about how to help that team meeting go smoothly and be productive--and not be a giant time suck that we all know meetings can become.  Hey, I sit in meetings for a living (it seems that way sometimes) when I would much rather be in a classroom helping a teacher.  I know how they can meander and not get you where you want to go.  So, here are some tips to prevent that and get to a successful behavior plan.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  

For anyone who gets the TPT newsletter and clicks through to the blog post, you may have seen that I met an earning milestone in July!  I want to thank everyone who supported my TPT store over the last year and a half.  It means so much to me that the products I think up and create are useful to teachers and help their students.  

Echolalia: 7 Tips from One Session During the Autism Society Conference

Wow, the Autism Society conference was great!  I always love seeing colleagues that I see once or twice a year, collaborating with our NATTAP group, meeting people during my presentations and getting great information from others' presentations.  I got to hear Temple Grandin again and her talks are always fascinating.  I saw a good friend and colleague, Kathy Gould, get a much deserved award as Professional of the Year for her work in autism in Illinois.  I presented on creating behavior support plans that meet the requirements I talked about in my last post.  And today before I left for the airport I went to a talk on working with echolalia to get to functional language.  When I posted the title slide on Instragram I had several requests for sharing what I had learned.  So, I thought I would do a quick (yeah, I know, my blog posts are never quick!) summary of some of the points we discussed and then tomorrow or Monday I'll get back to talking about behavior support plans (I promise!).

Top 3 Reasons for Creating Behavior Support Plans with a Team: Step 4 of 5 to Meaningful Behavioral Support

Thanks to Lovin' Lit and
Melonheadz for clipart.
To see other posts in this series, click HERE.

One of the characteristics I talked about that were important for a behavior support plan is that it is developed by a team.  There are a number of reasons why the use of a team of people is important to create better, more effective behavior support plans.  And there are a number of things to consider when working with a team.  So before we embark on the different strategies we may put into the plan, let's talk about the way we develop it.

Autism Society Conference and Tips

I am in the midst of about 15 different things, some "real" job related and another large product that I really want to get finished soon before the beginning of school....I'm trying to put together an autism / disability setup kit.  And my grad students really like it when I read their dissertations and class assignments.  :)  So, I am going to blog just a little less until I get some of this stuff out of the way.  However, I will be back this weekend with a new behavior blog post and I had a couple of things I wanted to share in the interim.


Designing Behavior Support Plans That Work: Step 4 of 5 in Developing Meaningful Behavioral Support

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The FBA is only as useful as the plan that comes out of it.  Without a functional plan that is based on the FBA, having the best FBA in the world won't help you.  And yet it is clear that this is one of the hardest steps in the process.  Last time I talked about what behavior plans are and are not.  While the format of the plan should always be secondary to its functionality, I thought I would share some tips for putting the plan together along with a freebie format that I often use to create plans.

What Are Behavioral Support Plans? Step 4 of 5 Steps to Meaningful Behavioral Support

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So, we have completed our functional behavior assessment of behavior and developed hypotheses of the functions of the problem behavior.  In a sense we have gotten to the root of the problem.  So, now what do we do about it?  We need to develop a behavioral support plan.

Greetings from a Vegas-Bound Plane and a Special Education Blog Hop


I am currently 30,000 feet above the earth jetting my way to Vegas! (Baby!).  Sorry that phrase always comes to mind.  I love Vegas anyway but this time is ultra-exciting.  I am off to the Vegas Teacher Blogger meetup this evening and the TPT conference on Friday.  I am sure to come home with even more ideas for products and blog posts.  But never fear, I am leaving you with some posts to enjoy in my absence and you can always follow my antics on Instagram!  I'll be sure to let you know if I win anything!  In the meantime I have a couple of things to share and a blog hop to give you some other blogs to peruse in my absence.


Shopping at Pete's Grocery Store: New Functional Life Skills Activities

I cannot tell you how excited I am to show you my newest product...and how exhausted I am of making and editing it.  It is by far one of the most, if not the most, extensive set of activities I've ever made.  Let me start by telling you what inspired it.

7 Ways to Use Post-It Notes in the Classroom

I know, I know.  I'm in the middle of a series on behavior, but I keep interrupting myself.  However, I really wanted to take advantage of the chance to link up with Speech Time Fun with the How Do You Use It linky because I simply CANNOT live without post-it notes in the classroom.  Really!  I can't!  They are only slightly less important to me than Velcro (and that's really just because I've run classrooms with no Velcro and used paperclips for attaching the kids' schedules).  So, before I get started, just a couple of notes.  Never fear, the 5 Steps to Meaningful Behavioral Support posts will be back soon (unless I get distracted--Oh, look, a squirrel!).  Really, I only have a few more distracting posts to insert into the series.  It's summer!  If you need your behavior fix, you can find the series HERE.  If you are looking for your Workbasket fix in the linky, you can find it HERE.  In the meantime, if you want to see ideas about how to use post-it notes in the classroom, keep reading.

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