PresenceLearning Webinar Provides Educators with Evidence-Based Positive Intervention Approaches for Special Education

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Experts discuss alternatives to reactive disciplinary approaches such as seclusion, restraint and in-school suspension.


To provide educators with evidence-based preventative disciplinary approaches, PresenceLearning is hosting the “Positive Behavior Strategies: The Real Road to School Climate Change” webinar on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST.

Managing classroom behavior, especially when reacting to the behavior is the only form of management, can be challenging in classrooms containing students with behavioral and mental health needs. To provide educators with evidence-based preventative disciplinary approaches, PresenceLearning is hosting the “Positive Behavior Strategies: The Real Road to School Climate Change” webinar on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST. During the live 90-minute webinar, positive behavior intervention expert Dr. Daniel Crimmins and early intervention specialist Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick will describe these alternative approaches and how they can improve student achievement and school culture for employees, students and families. This is the second of three webinars in the “Real School Climate Change” fall 2015 webinar series presented by PresenceLearning.

To register for this webinar, visit:

Numerous news stories, government reports, and proposed federal legislation provide evidence that disciplinary approaches such as seclusion, restraint and out-of-school suspension are often dangerous for students and create a negative school climate.

By attending this webinar, participants will learn how to:
●    Describe the relationships between disciplinary approaches and school climate – both negative and positive.
●    Understand the tiered system of positive behavioral interventions and supports.
●    Identify at least one system-level, small-group-level, and individual-level intervention applicable to the participant’s school setting.

About Real School Climate Change Webinar Series
The three-part “Real School Climate Change” fall webinar series features expert advice on how to implement effective behavior interventions from behavior disorder expert Dr. Joe Ryan; an outline of practice alternatives to the controversial seclusion and restraint tactics, as well as out-of-school suspension tactics, from special education policy expert Dr. Daniel Crimmins; and an introduction to The SCERTS® (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support) Model, including how it can positively impact social-emotional development for those students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), by Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, along with Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, and Amy Laurent, Ed.M, OTR/L.

For complete information about the series and to register for all three webinars, visit:

About Dr. Daniel Crimmins
Dr. Daniel Crimmins is the Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University and the author of Positive Strategies: Developing Individualized Supports in the Schools.

About Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick
Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick is Assoc. Executive Director for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and is a co-author of Young Children with Special Needs: A Developmentally Appropriate Approach and numerous articles on early intervention.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, behavioral and mental health services and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of online professionals and telehealth providers includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), special education teachers, and behavioral and mental health professionals. Treatment sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live interactive video using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

By partnering with PresenceLearning, education agencies can fill service gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of special education and related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and improve efficiency. Service offerings include live, online speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions, mental health services, special education instruction, and assessments. Since 2009, PresenceLearning and its network of over 700 online professionals has delivered more than a million live, online sessions to students with special needs in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, proving that online delivery of special education and related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.


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