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Behavior Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits
August 8, 1:00-2:30pm
Kelsey Avila, Behavior Specialist, Barrington Public Schools

  • Behavior, K-4
  • Audience cap: 26
This session will examine effective behavior management strategies and tips to increase teacher capacity when handling challenging behaviors within the public school setting. Kelsey will model and describe behavior management strategies, discuss the ABC’s of behavior, demonstrate how to identify the function of behavior, and discuss the importance of data collection and data driven instruction. Although behavior can sometimes be loud, disruptive, or unsafe, behavior is a form of communication. It is our job to listen and ensure all learners are receiving what they need in order to be successful!

Kelsey Avila was born and raised in Massachusetts and has a passion for understanding the ins and outs of behavior. She studied Elementary Education and Special Education at Rhode Island College and immediately jumped into the field after graduating. She started as a behavior therapist by developing and implementing behavior intervention plans and program books to meet the needs of individuals diagnosed with autism and continued her journey by receiving an M.Ed in Autism Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College.

Passionate about helping individuals with challenging behaviors and their families, she has started to integrate her knowledge into the public school setting to assist with meeting the needs of all learners. “Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.”- Rick Riordan

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