in partnership with
Rhode Island College
Accepting the Challenge:
Practical and Effective Strategies
for Students with Anxiety
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rhode Island College Student Union Ballroom
600 Mt Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI
For parents and educators of elementary, middle, and high school students
with AS and similar autism spectrum profiles
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four 13 to 18 year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward- and punishment-based consequences of traditional behavior plans and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies, explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. After attending this seminar participants will be able to easily implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety and increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.
About the Presenter
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over 17 years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is an adjunct professor at Boston University and a blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Conference check-in and continental breakfast.
9:00 - 12:00 p.m.: Morning session (with a welcome by Rhode Island College president Dr. Nancy Carriuolo)
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch provided at the campus cafeteria. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Afternoon session
Jessica will sign copies of her books at the end of the day.
Conference Fees, Per Person: $60 per person / $55 for AANE members. Not sure you're a member? Call Karen at 617-393-3824 x10 to find out. You can join/renew on the registration form. Registration fee includes continental breakfast at check-in and lunch. Parking is free.
Financial Aid: A grant from the John W. Alden Trust provides scholarships and financial aid for families living east of Rt. 495 in Massachusetts. Call Karen at 617-383-3824 x10, to discuss financial aid options.
Registration Deadline: July 31, 2015.
Refund Policy: Refunds are avaialble util July 31, 2015. No refunds after this date or for no-shows.
Cancellation Policy: AANE Reserves the right to cancel this conference if the minimum enrollment is not met by the registration deadline.
AccommodationsIf you require an ADA accommodation, please contact Carol Whitney at 617-393-3824 x30 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for accommodation must be received no later than 3 weeks prior to the date of the conference. For those who make a request after this date, every effort will be made to provide a reasonable accommodation, however we might not be able to do so given the time constraints.