Taking the Bite Out of Challenging Behaviors

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Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Course #: W693

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Erikson Institute

Cost: $150.00

Credit Available: 0.5 CEUs; 5 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 5 contact hours in the area of Intervention


In order to deal successfully with abbreviated attention spans, high activity levels, tantrums, and other challenging behaviors, early childhood professionals need to understand the reason for the child’s behavior. Functional assessment helps caregivers and therapists explore the cause for such behaviors and develop appropriate interventions. The assessment also helps provide parents with a rational basis for the intervention. This workshop explores functional assessment and offers a step-by-step guide for professionals to use when discussing behaviors and intervention with parents.


Angela Searcy, M.S., DT

Angela Searcy M.S., DT, holds a master’s degree in early childhood development from Erikson Institute, with a specialization in infant studies and a credential in developmental therapy. Searcy is a Diversifying in Higher Education in Illinois Fellow at Argosy University in the Doctor of Education Program. Searcy is the owner and founder of Simple Solutions Educational Services, has over 20 years of experience in the field of education, is an approved professional development provider by the Illinois State Board of Education, and an educational consultant for the Multisensory Training Institute (MTI), Lakeshore Learning, and Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) at Vanderbilt University. Angela is also an adjunct professor at Rasmussen College. A former associate at the Neuropsychology Diagnostic Center in Orland Park, Illinois, Searcy has specialized training in neuroscience.

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