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“The Tough Kid”: Practical Behavior Management

Autism Learning Academy Savannah Georgia

Presented by:

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, Inc. Presents:

Maranda L. Porter, MSP

Outreach Coordinator/Behavior Consultant


Presentation learning objectives: 

  • Define Tough Kids in a practical, educational way that includes the externalizing behavioral excesses of aggression, noncompliance, and arguing and the behavioral deficits of self-management, social skills, and academic difficulties.
  • Conduct an assessment process for Tough Kids that is linked to classroom interventions.
  • Identify basic causes of Tough Kid problem behaviors, particularly the coercive process.
  • Implement proactive classroom strategies to avert later problematic behaviors.
  • Increase positive reinforcement in classrooms using unique and practical procedures.
  • Use effective reductive techniques that reduce classroom problem behaviors.
  • Design motivation-based interventions to improve the academic abilities of Tough Kids.
  • Include and integrate Tough Kids into less-restrictive educational environments.

Download presentation: The Tough Kid: Practical Behavior Management

Autism Survival Kit for the Holidays

Presented By: Maranda L. Porter, MSP

The Matthew Reardon Center of Autism Inc.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yikes! A break is coming! A break is coming! What can I do?

Do these questions enter your mind before a break?

  • Do you have issues attending social gatherings and taking your child with autism OR having to leave your child behind with someone else?
  • How do you cook, shop, and prepare for the holidays and keep your kiddo occupied too?
  • Do you have anxiety about unwanted behaviors occurring during the holidays?
  • Do you have a plan or routine for your child during a long break?
  • How knowledgeable are your relatives regarding your child with autism?
  • If you are going away for the holidays, what do you bring along to assure your child is successful?
  • Are you afraid to go out? Do you have a plan?
  • How do I get my typical children involved without them feeling they are always being left out?

See the full presentation:

Download here: Autism Survival Kit for the Holidays 2014_complete