Behavior Team Training

The Illinois Service Resource Center provides quarterly training for 25 Behavior Support teams throughout the state that work with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired.

These training workshops focus on Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Developing Effective Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP). Additional training is provided on enhancing behavior support at all three tiers of the Response to Intervention model.

Team members then serve as a local resource for behavior support for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired.

The goal of this training effort is to build the capacity of local schools and programs to meet the behavioral needs of students with a hearing loss.

To see if there is currently an ISRC DHH/VI Behavior Team in your school, district, or cooperative, check out the map of active behavior teams.

    Comments from participants:
  • "Today’s session was A-MAZING!!! I loved listening to Laura. There were all kinds of ah-ha moments! Just wonderful. Thanks for putting that together for us. So fortunate to have such an awesome resource available to us for professional development…FOR FREE!!!"
  • "It's like she's talking to me!"
  • "I'm excited to go back and work with my student instead of dreading it."
  • "I've used this so much. It's made such a difference in students' lives. Parents have said it's made a difference at home, because they're not getting negative reports at home. Knowing that ISRC is here has made such a difference, because I can just pick up the phone and call you."
Date Title Location Speakers PHP
April 16, 2019 Self-Advocacy Tinley Park, Illinois Gail Wright
February 4, 2019 Effectively Addressing the co-morbid mental health and trauma concerns of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired Tinley Park, Illinois Rick Van Acker
November 8, 2018 The development of psychosocial and problem solving skills in deaf students: Insights from the Deaf mental health field Tinley Park, Illinois Neil Glickman
September 17, 2018 Literacy and Behavior Tinley Park, Illinois Beverly Trezek
April 10, 2018 Self-Advocacy Tinley Park, Illinois Karen Anderson
February 5 and 6, 2018 Structured Teaching - TEACCH Tinley Park, Illinois; Belleville, Illinois Dr. Christy Borders and Dr. Stacey Bock
November 6, 2017 Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Micki Ostroski
September 18 and 19, 2017 Communication Matrix Tinley Park, Illinois; Belleville, Illinois Nancy Steele
April 4, 2017 Developing Interventions for Escape Based Functions of Behavior Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Richard Van Acker
March 10, 2017 Deaf EdCamp Collinsville, Illinois Kim Janssen
February 13, 2017 Sensory Needs and Interventions for Students with Multiple Disabilities Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Christy Borders
November 15, 2016 Oppositional Students/Resilience Tinley Park, Illinois Tamra Cojo
September 18, 2016 Deafness and Autism Tinley Park, Illinois Barbara Doyle
April 18, 2016 Cooling Down Your Classroom with Mindful Practices Tinley Park, Illinois Carla Tantillo
February 23, 2016 Addressing Behavior Through the Use of Functional Communication Training Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Christy Borders; Stacey Jones-Boch, Ph.D,.; Kristi Probst
November 17, 2015 Trauma Informed Practice in the Classroom Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Colleen Cichetti; Erica Badie; Dr. Claire Coyne; Jamie Sanchez
September 21, 2015 Teaching Self Control and Anger Management Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Sheldon Braaten
April 13, 2015 FBA Implementation Tinley Park, Illinois Alice Belgrade
February 3, 2015 Structured Work Systems Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Christy Borders; Nikki Michalak
November 17, 2014 Person Centered Planning Tinley Park, Illinois Sue Walters
September 16, 2014 Becoming a Superhero in the Classroom Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Laura Riffel
April 7, 2014 Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Is the Behavior Intervention Plan Being Implemented and Is It Effective? Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Richard Van Acker, Ed. D.
February 4, 2014 Complex Deaf Kids: Uncharted Territory Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Christy Borders; Nikki Michalak
November 5, 2013 Behaviorama: Differentiated Learning -- Putting Theory into Practice -- Behavior Team NIA Station Style In-Service -- DHH Drum Club Tinley Park, Illinois Raven Stromek; Lisa Bendinelli; Jill McCue; Doran Blakeslee
September 9, 2013 Going with the Resistance: Creatively Avoiding Power Struggles Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Matt Rider
April 9, 2013 Writing BIP based on FBA: Making Data Based Decisions to Change Behavior Tinley Park, Illinois Laura A. Riffel, Ph.D.
February 4, 2013 Supporting Students with a Dual Diagnosis of Deafness and Autism Spectrum Disorder Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Christy Borders; Dr. Stacey Jones Bock
November 6, 2012 Preventing and Managing Challenging Behaviors Tinley Park, Illinois Christina Yuknis, Ph.D.
September 24, 2012 Practical FBA and BSP 4-step Process: 4 Part Series with Behavior Support Planning Tinley Park, Illinois Sheldon Loman, PhD
April 16, 2012 The Skilled Helper: A Model to Help Address the Resistive Teacher Tinley Park, Illinois Dr. Richard Van Acker, Ed. D.