Make It Stop! Understanding and Preventing Problem Behaviors

Friday, November 27th, 2020

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D

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Level Introductory
For Parents; Caregivers; Family Members; Community Professionals; Para-Professionals
Approach Positive Behavior Support
Focus Children
Autism-specific? No
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This workshop is partially funded by the Government of Canada's Emergency Support Fund and the Vancouver Foundation.

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About the Event

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Parents often assume that difficult behaviors during daily routines are part of their child’s autism and must be endured. This workshop will provide parents and caregivers, including early childhood educators with an overview of Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Many families find PBS very helpful in learning how to help their children with special needs develop functional behaviors that can make a huge difference in the child’s ability to be safely included in home, school and community activities and the quality of family life. Core features of PBS include the application of behavioral science (ABA), the use of practical strategies to prevent problem behavior and promote desired behavior, and a focus on improving the quality of life for the individual and those who live with and support him/her. 

The goal of the day is to provide practical information to help parents become aware of what a good standard of PBS service looks like so they can find a behavior consultant who can help them address these important functional skills. Importantly, parents will learn about strategies they can begin using immediately with young children, to prevent problem behavior from developing and to better understand some of the challenges they currently experience with older children.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define Positive Behavior Support
  • Identify common misconceptions regarding PBS
  • Identify common purposes served by problem behavior
  • Identify components of a quality PBS-based intervention
  • Describe common preventative strategies

About the Presenter

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D is an inspired teacher who is widely admired for her ability to convey complex concepts to those who work with children and adults with special needs, whether they are educational professionals or parents.  Dr. Fossett has been on faculty in the Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism Department at Capilano University since 2013. Prior to that she was Assistant Professor (Special Education) at the University of Alberta. She is also a certified teacher of the deaf and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Dr. Fossett has extensive clinical experience providing behavioral and educational consultative services to children with ASD, deafness, and other developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. Her scholarly and clinical interests include: applied behavior analysis, the implementation of positive behavior support in home and school settings, and educational interventions for deaf children with developmental disabilities. 

Workshop Schedule

9:30 - 10:30 Session 1
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45 Session 2
11:45 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 Session 3
1:30 - 1:45 Break
1:45 - 2:45 Session 4
Note: All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST), UTC -8.


This is a free workshop, made possible by our generous sponsors.