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Behavioral Supports in the Workplace
October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of behavioral supports that can be provided to improve outcomes of individuals with disabilities in employment settings. This presentation will provide approaches for identifying potential functions of problem behaviors and identifying strategies for preventing and responding to behavioral challenges when they do occur. Participants will learn strategies for identifying appropriate behavioral and technology-based supports based on the needs of the employee, employment setting, and requirements of the job. The focus will be on supporting the needs of individuals with ASD and/or ID using supports that encourage communication, independence, and well-being while on the job.
Presented by: Toni Van Laarhoven
Toni Van Laarhoven is a Professor in the Department of Special and Early Education at Northern Illinois University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. Presently, she teaches courses in the areas of developmental disabilities and autism, assistive technology, and applied behavior analysis. She has worked in the field professionally for over thirty years and grew up with, and is also co-guardian, of an older sister with significant support needs. She enjoys working in the field and has conducted and published research on the effectiveness of using technology to promote independence among individuals with ASD and/or developmental disabilities and has delivered over 150 presentations at National and State level professional conferences. Her research interests include: video-based instruction, use of mobile devices (e.g., iPods/iPads) as prompting systems, employment for individuals with disabilities, transition planning using technology, assistive technology, functional behavioral assessment, using wearable biosensor technology in behavioral assessment, and technology integration in teacher education.