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Proactive Behavior Management - Part 1: Relationship-Based Strategies (Tri-State Webinar)

Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff, Parents, Community Partners | Topic: Autism, Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

On-Demand format. Proactive Behavior Management - Part 1: Relationship-Based Strategies (Tri-State Webinar)
On-Demand format

Originally aired September 25, 2019
Presented by: Meggin Funk M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP & Ashley Meyer, M.Ed., BCBA


With the national average of students spending over 1,000 hours each school year with their teachers, it is crucial that we understand the importance of positive interactions. A Review of Educational Research analysis of 46 studies found that strong teacher-student relationships were associated in both the short- and long-term with improvements on practically every measure schools care about: higher student academic engagement, attendance, grades, fewer disruptive behaviors and suspensions, and lower school dropout rates (Education Week, 2019). The focus of this presentation includes ways to increase appropriate behavior and decrease problematic behavior through six proactive relational strategies. Impact your students by implementing these free strategies today!

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of 6 proactive relational strategies
  • Identify the degree to which each strategy is currently being utilized in your setting / with your student(s)
  • Develop a plan for how to increase appropriate behavior and decrease problematic behavior through the consistent use of these strategies

View the Webinar

Proactive Behavior Management Strategies Part 1 (Nebraska  Autism Spectrum Disorders Network website)


Additional Parts to this Webinar

Proactive Behavior Management: Part 2 Procedural Strategies

Presenter Information

Meggin Funk is the Western Region Coordinator for the Nebraska ASD Network. She provides support to ASD Network referrals, birth-21. Meggin graduated from Chadron State College in 1998 with a B.A. in Social Psychology and Communications. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed in Communication Disorders from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2003. She completed coursework through Florida Institute of Technology toward becoming a BCBA. With her dual education and expertise in communication disorders and autism, Meggin supports, families, professionals, and school districts to build capacity in educating students with ASD. In her free time, Meggin enjoys being with her husband and three children, volunteering at a local youth center, and listening to great music.

Ashley Meyer is a Behavior Specialist for the Nebraska ASD Network. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her M.Ed. in Special Education, Consultation, and Collaboration with an emphasis in Autism from Arizona State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has over 10 years of experience with using errorless teaching, prompting and fading, and reinforcement to increase skill acquisition and decrease problem behaviors with very young learners through adults. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys caring for her chickens with her boyfriend, hiking, and traveling.

Contact Information

CDE Autism Team


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