Behavior & Discipline Issues

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Discipline, Restraint, and Seclusion

A Special Education Law Workshop

Monday, April 28


When to Ask for a Functional Behavioral Assessment to Address Behaviors?

by Paul Livelli, Ph.D.

Why Would He Want to Do That?
As a behavioral and educational consultant, I am often asked to come into schools to look at programming for students with autism. 


The Use of Restraint and Seclusion

MSDE Fact Sheet

The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services has issued a fact sheet


Bullying Prevention Must be Everyone’s Concern

Everyone is affected by bullying. The victim, the bully, and those who witness bullying suffer negative consequences. “Bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, isolation, and alienation in both the bully and the victim long after the incidents have ended. In addition, many victims of bullying do not want to come to school,

A Handbook for Maryland Families and Professionals

The School Discipline Process

A Handbook for Maryland Families and Professionals
Disability Rights Maryland

Every year Maryland school systems suspend thousands of students, many of whom have disabilities. When students are suspended they lose instructional time
and their learning is interrupted. The shared goal of educators and families should be to keep students in school and learning.

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Positive Behavior Support Strategies: Finding and Using Effective Reinforcement

Oct. 8, 2013
Howard County Autism Society and Pathfinders for Autism Brown Bag Series
Laura Solomon, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic

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Howard County Behavioral Specialists Presentation

Sept. 19, 2013
HCAS General Support Group Meeting
Stacy Barger
Sheila Collector

What do behavioral specialists do? When do you need to have a bevioral specialist on your team?


Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Form

The Bullying, Harrassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form may be used to to report alleged bullying, harassment, or intimidation that occurred during the current school year on school property, at a school-sponsored activity or event off school property, on a school bus, or on the way to and/or from school;


“Just a Bad Day” or Undocumented Suspension?

There are many reasons why students are sent home. The purpose of this article is not to debate when an incident is ‘send-home’ worthy or ‘suspension’ worthy. Rather, it is to explain why send-homes without proper documentation are actually against school policy and why parents who race to pick up their children every time the school calls actually are doing a disservice to their children.


HCPSS Behavior Specialists

Each Howard County public school is assigned a behavior specialist. In order to access the behavior specialist, the special education team leader (or instructional team leader) at your school should contact the school’s assigned instructional facilitator at the Department of Special Education to arrange for a consult. Parents are encouraged to discuss behavioral issues and consults with school-based staff