Understanding Student Behavior – SLP

Erin Riojas

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ASHA Course Number: ACEF0521
Course Credits: 0.3 ASHA CEUs (3 hours); Intermediate Level, Related Area
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This workshop is designed to help SLPs and other school-based professionals learn methods of positively supporting student behavior in classroom/therapy settings. Through guided brainstorming and activities, the participants will follow a basic protocol to analyze examples of behavior they wish to change. They will then be guided to apply the supportive behavioral principles to changing student behavior in the therapy and classroom settings. Resources obtained from federal and state positive behavioral support networks will be presented for assistance.

Instructor Information

Karen L. Bilbao

Karen L. Bilbao, M.A., CCC-SLP, has served in many aspects of special education service delivery during almost forty years in public education, including as a speech language pathologist, special education teacher, child study team member and director of special services. She moved on to building administration at both elementary and secondary levels and finally to the district level as assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. She is currently the New Jersey Regional Director for EBS Healthcare, a company that provides special education, consultation and management services to public school districts.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Karen has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Karen has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

Following instruction, participants will be able to:

  1. Define behavior in observable terms.

  2. Discover antecedents and consequences that are reinforcing undesirable behaviors.

  3. Define the function of undesirable behavior.

  4. Brainstorm alternative, more desirable behaviors and ways they can be implemented in the context of the classroom and therapy room.

  5. Use federal and state resources from positive behavior support networks to aid in the analysis.


  • 30 minutes: Introductions/Overview of Behavior
  • 45 minutes: Supporting Behavior Change – The ABCs and Figuring Out the Function
  • 30 minutes: Identifying and Changing Our Own Professional Behavior
  • 45 minutes: Supporting Behavior Change in Classroom/Therapy Settings
  • 30 minutes: Resources from Federal and State Positive Behavior Support Networks