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, Ed.D

Angela Searcy, EdD. holds a B.A. degree in English and secondary education with teacher certification though the state of Illinois, a M.S. degree in early childhood development from Erikson Institute, with a specialization in Infant Studies and Doctorate of Education, with a specialization in assessment and response to intervention. Her research centers around the relationship between brain-based learning as assessed by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System and aggressive behaviors in Head Start preschool children in Illinois.

Angela has over 25 years of experience in the field of education providing services to children and families as a teacher, child development specialist and independent consultant. A former neuro-developmental specialist, Angela has specialized training in neuroscience. Angela is the owner and founder of Simple Solutions Educational Services, a professional development company, and a professional development provider for Teaching Strategies, LLC. Angela leads the integrative seminars for the Erikson online cohorts and acts as a continuing education instructor.

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