“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”  

~ Diogenes Laerfius 

As a part of the FWSU Inservice in October, our paraprofessionals were provided with a learning opportunity focusing on behavior as a means of communication and how Executive Functioning has a direct correlation with how the brain performs. This presentation was provided in conjunction with our community partner Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (NCSS). The topic encouraged staff to engage with the presenter and gain additional understanding about behavior as a form of communication.  Our staff is committed to developing learning habits that will foster growth and independence, while simultaneously providing our students with a way to express their needs in the learning environment.

FWSU Inservice 1

The presenters reviewed the function of behavior:

  • Attention. To gain access to one’s attention, whether the attention is positive or negative
  • Escape/Avoidance. To escape/avoid a particular activity, situation, person
  • Tangible. To gain success to tangible items(s)
  • Sensory. To gain access to sensory stimulation

FWSU Inservice 4They also discussed different learning styles such as:

  • Kinesthetic Learners – learn by doing, active engagement, gross motor activities, and through hands-on experiences.
  • Auditory Learners – learn by hearing and speaking
  • Visual Learners – learn by seeing it and/or having things modeled.

FWSU Inservice 3A great deal of time was spent discussing Executive Functioning and how it can impact students in the following ways:  The cognitive control or attentional systems:

  • Working Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Task Flexibility and Multi-tasking
  • Time-Keeping
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning, Organization & Execution
FWSU Inservice 5
Shawna Shappy, M.Ed. BCBA and Dana Postemski MA, BCBA

Target 4. Engaged Community Partners: FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

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