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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, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.


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Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Positive Behavior Support Parent Academies for Young Children with Challenging Behaviors LIMITED

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The Positive Behavior Support Parent Academies were developed through a university-state department of health partnership to address persistent challenging behaviors in children between the ages of three and five with and without identified developmental disabilities. Sessions were conducted in public and private schools and community locations. Eight Parent Academy cohorts participated in five two-hour sessions designed to provide them with behavioral and visual supports strategies to understand, prevent, and replace their child's challenging behaviors and improve developmental outcomes. The curriculum employed a range of strategies to address the concerns that are often observed in children with learning, social, and communication delays. Within the five sessions of the Parent Academy, the content included an analysis of daily routines, an introduction to the fundamentals of behavior, and the development of a behavior intervention plan to address one behavior prioritized by the participants. Parents were also given complimentary visual supports kits, materials and resources to utilize in their home. Parents completed pre- and post-assessments of self-efficacy, parental stress, knowledge of positive behavior support strategies, and child problem behavior. Preliminary results suggested that parents were more confident about their ability manage their child's challenging behaviors. Parents also demonstrated increased knowledge of positive behavior supports tools and strategies. The poster will highlight the curriculum components including the didactic content as well as the activities used to facilitate caregiver engagement and peer interaction. The strategies used to facilitate the academies were unique in that the encouraged caregivers to identify family strengths as well as develop a supportive network amongst fellow cohort members. Project evaluation findings will also be presented. These quantitative and qualitative data will provide some insight to the effectiveness of the trainings and caregiver satisfaction with the training. This particular poster will focus on the Positive Behavior Support Parent Academies. These trainings presented a unique opportunity for caregivers because there had previously not been caregiver support and trainings for this age group. Additionally, this type of training had not been conducted in community settings for caregivers. The theme, "Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion," is congruent with the vision of the parent academies in that two large agencies provided support on behalf of this underserved age range. The Department of Public Health and the Center for Leadership in Disability were able to identify funds to support these trainings for families whose children aged out of the Part C early intervention system, yet were not receiving services within the school system. Many of the families were in distress because their children's behavior was causing familial stress and some were pending expulsion from daycare providers.


Thursday December 14, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon A 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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