Positive Behavior Supports in the Classroom (by Samantha A. Massaro)


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Welcome to Positive Behavior Supports in the Classroom! I am Samantha Massaro and I will be your instructor for this course. This is my second year teaching Upper Elementary School through the New York City Department of Education.(NYCDOE). I graduated from the State University College at Cortland in May 2016, and began my teaching career in a leave replacement in a Kindergarten ICT classroom in Copiague Central School District on Long Island, New York, and now I am currently teaching 5th grade in the ASD NEST Program in Manhattan, New York. My entire life I have worked closely with students diagnosed with Autism, and hold every experience I’ve had very dear to my heart. I am here to enhance your knowledge of Autism, classroom strategies and techniques throughout the length of this course and very fasted paced schedule. This is considered to be a 600 level class, it is 3 credits and will be delivered fully asynchronously. It is expected and required that you are actively checking and attending to each module for additional updates, readings and changes that may occur during our time together. As stated in the CDC and Autismspeaks.org, " In 2018, approximately 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. That means 1 in 37 boys are diagnosed, while 1 in 151 girls are diagnosed. Autism is becoming a prevalent, as well as becoming more and more common in school aged children. As we continue as educators, we must come up with various interventions to help our students become successful, life-long learners. In this course, we propose that a sufficiently rigorous and voluminous body of scholarship establishes Positive Behavior Support to be a concrete example of how we can best support our students.

Positive behavior support (PBS) is a set of processes that can be used to support children and adults with autism who engage in problem behaviors. Problem behaviors often serve a purpose for a child or adult. In many cases, children and adults with autism have difficulty communicating their wants and needs. Engaging in a problem behavior is a signal to a family member or others that the individual may be trying to communicate something important. (taken from https://www.autism-society.org/what-is/) Introductory Activity: Throughout the duration of this course, you will do some serious reflection on the process of creating a PBIS system that is not only successful, but able to be implemented. We will do this through google slide format. Please start by introducing yourself to your colleagues, explain your reasoning behind this course, as well as your intentions for this course. You can also add in any questions or concerns you have thus far and your experience working with children diagnosed with autism.

Are you ready to learn the ins and outs of Positive Behavior Support?

Well, let’s get ready to increase our knowledge on Autism. Not sure what Autism is? Head on over to Module 1 to get a better idea to increase your knowledge!


Learning Objectives

  • Given informational supports, students will be able to define Autism and various Positive Behavior Supports and it's importance.
  • Given a discussion, and collaborative opportunities, students will discuss participants teaching practices, classroom management skills and make modifications to meet the needs of all students in an inclusive environment.
  • Given various helpful resources, students will use strategies and support tools to support children of all needs in the K-5 Setting.
  • Given an outline, students will create resources for parents, colleagues and students to better understand Autism and PBIS systems.
  • participants will design a PBIS system that is successful and cohesive to an inclusive classroom setting in the K-5 grades.

Course Modules

This course includes 3 Modules. Click the title of each Module to begin.

Module 1: Autism Overview

Unit 1 is an introduction to the course and the basic understanding of Autism. In this unit, you will learn how Autism is diagnosed, the prevalence and the importance of PBIS when working with students with autism. Through the first lesson, you will learn how important PBIS as a tool to help accommodate your students in the elementary school setting.

Module 2: Positive Behavior Supports that help teaching Students with Autism

Unit 2: How does PBIS work? What is it? What is the importance? Why do I need to try this? Look further into Module 2 to get a Better idea of various strategies that will help you understand PBIS in a new perspective.

Module 3: Creation and Implementation of Positive Behavior Supports

Module 3: Taking all of this and creating while implementing. We will then analyze the impact that PBIS has on their students. Learners will reflect on their appropriate PBIS system. This will help us a community of learners understand where specific planning and mindful practice fits into our curriculum.

Resources and References

Bleiweiss, J. D., Hough, L., & Cohen, S. (2013). Everyday classroom strategies and practices for supporting children with autism spectrum disorders. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

Kirk, S. A., Kirk, S. A., Gallagher, J. J., & Coleman, M. R. (2015). Educating exceptional children. Stamford, CT: Engage Learning. Little, C. (2017). Social inclusion and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Supporting Social Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, 9-20. doi:10.4324/9781315641348-2

Marketing, R. E. (2018, January 09). Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in the Classroom. Retrieved from https://www.rethinked.com/blog/blog/2018/01/15/positive-behavioral-interventions-and-supports-pbis-in-the-classroom/

Positive Behavior Support Articles. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://disability.publichealth.gsu.edu/initiatives/education-and-schools/positive-behavior-support-articles/ Webster, J., & Elementary Education and Secondary Social Studies. (n.d.). How Creating a Positive Environment Eliminates Discipline Problems. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/positive-behavior-support-for-classroom-success-3111098

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