Positive Behavior Support: What Parents Need to Know! (Kamloops)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Thompson Rivers University (TRU)

Positive Behavior Support: What Parents Need to Know! (Kamloops)

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Level Introductory
For Family Members; Community Professionals; Para-Professionals
Focus Pre-School Children - although the information can be applied across the age-span
Autism-specific? This workshop is relevant for all children with special needs

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About the Event

Parents often assume that difficult eating, sleeping and toileting behaviors are part of their child’s autism and must be endured. This workshop will provide parents 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 quality of family life and the child’s ability to be included in school and community activities. Core features of PBS include the application of behavioral science (ABA), the use of practical interventions 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 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 as part of their child’s ABA program. Parents will also learn about strategies they can begin using immediately to prevent problem behavior from developing in very young children and to better understand some of the challenges they currently experience.

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

Participant Comments

  • "She offered excellent strategies to help manage problem behaviors in an easy to understand way" (Para-professional)
  • "I learned strategies to bring an organized approach to addressing my children's problem behaviors" (Family member)
  • "I liked the contingency maps" (Para-professional)
  • "Good balance of lecture, case students and audience questions" (Family member)

About the Presenter

Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., 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, as well as being 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. For more information on Dr. Fossett see www.capilanou.ca/abaa/diploma-post-bac/Faculty/

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in
9:00 - 10:15 Session 1
10:15 - 10:30 Break (light snacks will be served)
10:30 - 12:00 Session 2
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (a light lunch will be provided)
1:00 - 2:15 Session 3
2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon break (light snacks will be served)
2:30 - 3:30 Session 4


Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends August 26th, 2015 $100 $150
Regular Rate ends September 23rd, 2015 $150 $200
Late Rate begins September 24th, 2015 $200 $250


ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants and/or those travelling from outside their home regions to an event. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration.  Please read Bursary Information. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office (info@actcommunity.ca) for more information. ACT provided $24,000 in bursaries in 2014 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
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