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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 29 • 4:25pm - 5:15pm
Yes! You Can Teach Emotional Regulation Skills and Improve Behavior AND Academics Full

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Schools are faced with a growing population of students who have difficulty managing their behaviors. Many of these students are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other specific disability such as ADHD or Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Historically, these students have been a challenge to educators as their behaviors often overshadow their otherwise strong cognitive skills. Behavioral interventions have frequently proven ineffective as they don't show progress across settings or appear to last. However, new compelling research showing deficits in the areas of the brain that control and regulate emotions is poised to shake up education world and lead the way for new and more targeted interventions. Let's get creative and try something new to support student behaviors in the classroom!!! It is critical to reframe the way education views behavioral issues in children. Currently, the focus is on the child's behavior as the critical element for analysis or change. Our work focuses on the child's underlying emotions that are driving their behavior. This shift is grounded in the new research on the emotional centers of the brain. Using this research to drive the discussion, we will highlight how by teaching children to identify, understand and then manage their emotions, their behaviors will change. Further, we will discuss the importance of teaching children in the classroom rather than teaching them skills in an office or group and asking them to generalize the skills later. We will show that by using both whole class lessons, and specific targeted interventions, student behavior can be dramatically improved. Teaching a child to understand and manage their own emotions is powerful! Emotions aren't negative but the behavior that comes from unmanaged emotions can be. Let's put the tools for learning in the hands of our students and show them that change is possible and achievable.

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Lori Jackson

The Connections Model
Lori is an educational psychologist who has been working with students and their families for over 15 years. She believes that all children have the capacity to succeed in school and the right to a quality education. Lori has seen the transformation that is possible when students... Read More →

Steve Peck

The Connections Model
Steve is a special educator with over 15 years of experience working with students who have multiple and severe disabilities. Steve believes that new technology is key to helping students overcome their functional skill deficits in the classroom. Steve has always been both a teacher... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 4:25pm - 5:15pm
Belmont - Second Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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