25 Strategies to Reduce Challenging Behavior


Speakers: Peter J. Alter, Terrance M. Scott

$197.00 + shipping and handling

SKU: 3208

Webinar Description

Snapshot: Ask any teacher what is most challenging about their job and, they are most likely to say “student behavior.” Non-compliance, disrespect, verbal abuse, fighting, tardiness, and/or general classroom disorder are among the many challenging behaviors teachers confront on a daily basis.

And, as an administrator, you have to spend a lot of your time dealing with student behavior other educators can’t manage on their own.

Dr. Terrance M. Scott and Dr. Peter Alter of the University of Louisville, will give you proven strategies to head off challenging behaviors before they occur and to deal with them effectively when you can’t avoid them. Their strategies are grounded in the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) approach that encourages desirable behaviors through effective communication of core expectations and making student-centered changes in school environments and in instruction.

In this webinar, the speakers will use real-world examples from their own experiences as teachers or from their work with other teachers.

Webinar topics:

  • Defining challenging behavior
  • Setting up classrooms to head off problems
  • Antecedents–strategic planning to prevent challenging behaviors by students
  • Instruction–teaching in a different way
  • Consequences–effectively responding to challenging behavior
  • Dealing with escalating behavior.

Other webinar topics:

  • How to evaluate the student’s hidden agenda in repeating the behavior
  • How to teach students a better way to satisfy their needs
  • How to educate students about specific consequences for negative behavior
  • How to give effective reinforcement
  • How to avoid power struggles and develop effective punitive measures

Scott and Alter will present case studies of educators who have implemented the strategies to address challenging behaviors in their schools. You will also learn how to:

  • Use non-verbal prompts and cues
  • Recognize the characteristics of effective rules
  • Use precorrection to remind students of appropriate behavior
  • Teach students to manage and monitor their own behavior


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About the Speakers

Peter J. Alter

Peter Alter is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Peter has published multiple journal articles and book chapters and conducted over 50 regional, national and international presentations on classroom intervention strategies and behavior supports. He is the current co-editor of the professional journal Beyond Behavior. Prior to earning his doctorate, Peter spent 10 years working with students with challenging behavior, including six years in Florida public schools as a teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders in self-contained settings. He was the winner of the 2006 Carl Fenichel Memorial Research Award for the outstanding dissertation in the area of behavior disorders.


Terrance M. Scott

Terrance Scott is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville where he directs the Center for Academic and Behavior Research. Terrance M. Scott, PhD, began his special education career as a counselor in a residential treatment center adjudicated adolescent boys. After receiving his master’s degree in special education he taught in self-contained classrooms and directed public school programs for students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Terrance has authored more than 70 published articles, book chapters, and training media in the areas of behavioral disorders and behavioral support systems and is a past editor of the professional journal Beyond Behavior. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Early Career Award from the Research Division of the International Council for Exceptional Children. His main research interests are related to students with challenging behavior, with a special focus on school-wide prevention, effective instruction, functional behavior assessment, and effective classroom and behavior management.



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