Intervention Strategies for Self-injurious Behaviors – 45 minutes
Students with significant disabilities may engage in a variety of unconventional behaviors causing injury to themselves –-such as hitting, head banging, scratching, hair pulling, biting, or screaming. These problem behaviors interfere with learning, inflict bodily harm and cause injury. The webinar will discuss the function that it serves, the contributing factors that trigger the behavior and how to observe and document the behavior. In this session, both educators and families will learn how to change the triggers, provide supports to the student and teach more appropriate replacement behaviors.Intervention Strategies for Self-injurious Behaviors Handout
MA, Author & Educational Consultant
Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.
She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.