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This co-facilitated workshop will provide behavioral and therapeutic tips and tools for professionals working with clients (young children-young adults) who may present with problem behaviors that interfere with their quality of life as learners and their ability to navigate their social world. This full day professional development opportunity has been designed in two parts. The co-presenters although differing in educational backgrounds and professional expertise cross over in both disciplines of behavioral and therapeutic interventions. The workshop will include an overview with discussion by Laurel Ciavarri on assessing target behaviors and their functions in order to develop effective strategies and interventions that will promote skill development and teach appropriate alternative or replacement behaviors. The workshop will also include an overview of interventions with discussion by Lonnie R. Ouellette on visual and therapeutic supports, strategies to promote self-regulation, self-assessment and reinforcement programs for home and school. Both presenters will be available during the last half hour for specific questions and answers not addressed.
About the Speakers:
Lonnie R. Ouellette, M.A./M.Ed./LABA
Lonnie is the founder of LRO Family Consulting. With 30 years of experience working in special education and school settings as an administrator, clinician and consultant, most of her work began to focus more on the needs of children within the context of the family and how effective teaching and modeling of prosocial behavior begins and is reinforced at home. Her earlier work as a college instructor in Early Childhood Education has contributed greatly to her knowledge, expertise and experience working with young children, their families and teachers. Lonnie holds a Massachusetts license as a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) and practices as a Behavior/Parent Education Specialist providing consultation services to schools and families. She graduated from Rivier University with Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychotherapy and Counselor Education. She later pursued her graduate certificate program in Behavioral Interventions for Autism. In 2014, Lonnie joined forces with the Peter Pan Center for Social & Emotional Development where LRO Family Consulting continues to be located in Boxborough, MA. Lonnie continues to refer, consult and collaborate with the staff at the Peter Pan Center and J&J Social Skills by parent request as well as provide scheduled parenting seminars at the PPC location. Lonnie’s focus in her work with families and educators is that through the understanding of what may be occurring in a child’s environment is key to effectively modeling and teaching prosocial behaviors. Often a child misbehaves not because of their intention, but more because of a deficit in a skill they may have not learned.
Laurel Ciavarri, Ph.D/BCBA, received her Ph.D in applied behavior analysis from Simmons University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the State of Massachusetts, and maintains membership in the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysts, Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. She has worked with individuals with psychiatric illnesses and developmental disabilities for 22 years within residential, day habilitation, vocational and clinic settings. She currently supervises Bridgewell’s Behavior Support Services department. On the side, she enjoys teaching graduate students as an adjunct faculty member at Simmons University and UMASS Lowell.