2022 Behavior Post

September Notes From Your ESC6 Behavior Specialist

We Are Here!

Can you hear the students, the laughter, and the crying of the little ones as well? Our schools are once again busting with life and the rhythm of our schedules. New teachers are excited to begin their careers, while others may be planning on retirement at the end of 22-23. Yes, a new school year has began, and with it, challenges and hopes fill our minds each day.

September is still hot, but Fall season is coming - hopefully with milder temperatures and lots of holidays and sports to cheer. We will celebrate many things, including the Hispanic Heritage Month. Si, se puede!

Our Post brings training opportunities, information and inspiration - including research participation opportunity, and a Road to Recovery Mater Trainer Cohort #4 information for those interested. From Classroom Ideas to Suicide Prevention, from ECSE to Sex & Disability - not to mention MDR for Assessment staff, Basic PASS, and MTSS Conference - we have a lot for you to consider. Sign up, show up, and collaborate!

At the bottom of the newsletter, you will find information on how to access Non-Educational Funds for the 22-23 school year. And finally, we close every Post with music. This month we have Jazz & Country to lighten up your day. Once again, your voice matters. Let us know how we can better serve you.

Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15

Learn about this celebration and get some ideas for your classroom!

Join the Celebración! | Hispanic Heritage Month Original Song | Animated Music Video

Upcoming Trainings

Virtual Restorative Discipline Coordinators Support Group

Mark your calendars! These free virtual meetings are held from 1:00-3:30pm, and is attended by educators from several Regions across Texas. It is a great network, and each meeting is full of information to keep your fire burning for restorative discipline practices. You may attend one or all. If you are interested, please send a note to fbezerra@esc6.net or mybarra@esc6.net

  1. October 18, 2022
  2. December 6, 2022
  3. January 31, 2023
  4. March 28, 2023

Ashley Arnold & Evaluation Webinars

If you enjoyed our 2021-22 LSSP Series with Ashley Arnold, you will be happy to know she will be providing several webinars focusing on evaluation issues. Here is a registration link with all her upcoming virtual sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Jones at sjones@esc6.net

Attention PK, ECSE, and Head Start Staff & Parents!

The Building Blocks for Student Success in the ECSE Classroom Presenter: Lisa Rogers - September 28, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, At Region 6 ESC and Virtual. Map out key areas in your classroom based on your projected student needs to set the stage for a positive and child-centered learning environment. Participants will receive access to a virtual library of visual support that include, but are not limited to, labels for key areas & materials, class rules, class schedules, individual schedules, choice boards, first-then boards, social narratives, communication boards, self-regulation tools and more. Participants will receive additional goodies for their classrooms.

Conscious Discipline: Creating a School Family and Creating a Positive Preschool Climate Presenter: Jill Molli, Conscious Discipline, October 12, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. At Region 6 ESC ONLY. Participants will learn how to build a school family, help challenging children join the school family, use the power of the school family to support academic success, use the school family as the basis of the classroom management system, transform hurtful interactions into helpful communication skills, set up jobs for every child in the classroom that enhance self-esteem, learning and cooperation, and design the physical environment. Participants will receive Conscious Discipline materials.

Write Out of the Box Presenter: Dr. Marianne Gibbs, Occupational Therapist, November 30, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. At Region 6 ESC ONLY. This exciting session will focus on simple, fun, and developmentally appropriate fine motor activities that foster efficient handwriting skills and avoid potential handwriting problems. Explore strategies that are easy to implement that increase legibility of handwriting, rate of written production, test scores, and overall level of confidence at school. Participants will receive a Write Out of the Box kit.

Mine, Mine! Teaching Methods to Promote Social Skills in Early Childhood Settings Presenter: Anissa Moore, BCBA, January 25, 2023 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, At Region 6 ESC and Virtual. Learn strategies for teaching students critical social skills during play and work times. Participants will be able to: 1) recognize, compare, and contrast social development milestones in young children, 2) identify "red flags" in social-emotional development, and 3) incorporate skill acquisition through modeling, direct teaching, video-modeling, and positive reinforcement. Attendees will receive goodies for their classrooms.

You're Going to Love This Kid: Including All Young Children Presenter: Dr. Paula Kluth, February 16, 2023, VIRTUAL ONLY. Participants will learn why inclusive classrooms are so powerful for all students and be introduced to ideas that work for children with disabilities (and those without identified needs). Tools that can be used to implement the strategies will also be shared. This workshop is for all skill levels and will be of interest to teachers, therapists, and paraprofessionals interested in inclusive education. Attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Kluth's book and goodies for their classroom.

Additional Training Opportunities

TIER Online Courses Available Now

All Texas educators may access these courses for free on the TEALearn website and earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours.


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Road to Recovery: Trauma Informed Care

The Texas Center for Disability Studies is offering an exciting training opportunity – FREE to selected applicants. The Center is recruiting applicants to become master trainers of The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma. This training curriculum was developed through a partnership between the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin and is in use across the United States and beyond. It was developed because of the severe lack of knowledge and awareness of the mental health needs of children with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), and in the interest of developing better capacity to address those needs.

The training offers IDD professionals, mental health professionals, family members, educators, direct care workers, and others valuable insights into how to support children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in healing from trauma. It offers new perspectives of “behaviors” that may actually be caused by trauma and are not being addressed by traditional intervention models. This is a new way of thinking about how we support children with IDD.

The training will consist of six virtual training sessions conducted by expert trainers, with the first two sessions led by nationally renowned trauma informed care expert Dr. Karyn Harvey. Master trainers are then part of an ongoing learning community and expected to offer the training to others. Printed training materials, ongoing support and technical assistance will be included.


  1. How do I apply? To apply to be part of the next cohort of master trainers, please complete the application and return it to r2rtcds@gmail.com.
  2. When is the deadline to apply? The deadline to submit your application is Monday, November 14, 2022.
  3. Who can become a master trainer? This training is open to IDD professionals, mental health professionals, family members, educators, direct care workers, and others. If you aren't sure, please contact Laura Buckner at laura.buckner@utexas.edu.
  4. Do I need to be able to attend all of the training dates in order to be considered? Yes, it is important that you are able to attend all of the training dates (see dates below). We have six virtual training sessions, and vital information is covered at each session.


Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM CST

  • January 17, 2023
  • January 24, 2023
  • January 31, 2023
  • February 7, 2023
  • February 14, 2023
  • February 21, 2023

The Road to Recovery toolkit can be found on the NCTSN website: https://www.nctsn.org/resources/road-recovery- supporting-children-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities-who-have.

For more information, contact: Laura Buckner at laura.buckner@utexas.edu This project is funded through a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

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Autism Circuit Cohort Opportunity

Earn up to 48 CEUs and an endorsement by TSLAT and the Texas Education Agency.

Be part of a statewide virtual Professional Learning Community.

This program is free and open to any employee of a school in Texas:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • General Education Teachers
  • Paraeducators
  • Campus and District Specialists
  • SLPs
  • OTs
  • PTs
  • LSSPs
  • Administrators

Learn about the identified evidence-based practices (EBPs) for students with autism, why EBPs should be used, and how to select an EBP.

Dive deep into at least 8 high-yield EBPs:

  • Reinforcement
  • Differential Reinforcement
  • Prompting
  • Visual Supports
  • Task Analysis
  • Antecedent Based Interventions
  • Modeling
  • Video Modeling

The design of this program takes learning further than receiving information. Participants will implement the strategies they learn with their current students resulting in actual experience and practice. Each participant will receive one on one coaching from a TSLAT network member from their region or from TSLAT staff and will submit artifacts of EBP implementation (photos or video clips).

Program starts October 1st, 2022 and ends June 1st, 2023. Complete one module per month for 8 months.

Apply HERE TODAY! Application deadline is September 15th, 2022.

For more information, visit the Autism Circuit Academy page on www.txautism.net

Contact: Blaine Campbell at Blaine.Campbell@esc13.txed.net

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2022 Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Webinar Series

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is excited to announce the 2022 Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Webinar Series. One webinar will be offered each Friday in September. The webinar schedule is listed below.

September 2, 2022: Tom Voss – The Meditating Vet

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. CDT

In this webinar, combat veteran, Tom Voss, will explore his experiences with post-traumatic stress and moral injury from his time in combat. Tom embarked on a 2,700-mile journey of hope and healing to move from post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth through holistic healing modalities.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1836136464360911373

September 9, 2022: Dr. Namkee Choi – Suicide Prevention in Older Adults

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. CDT

Older adults have the highest suicide rates among any age group. In this webinar, Dr. Namkee Choi will discuss suicide as it relates to older adults, including means, contributors, and precipitants. Suicide prevention strategies for this population will also be discussed.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9133963474305630987

September 16, 2022: HHSC Suicide Prevention Team – Language Matters

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. CDT

When discussing suicide, language matters. In this webinar, the HHSC Suicide Prevention Team will discuss ways to talk about suicide in a clear and factual manner. Participants will be given tips for safe messaging about suicide prevention.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3362000218481628684

September 23, 2022: Lived Experience Panel – Postvention Overview and Lessons from Experience

9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. CDT

This webinar will provide a brief overview of postvention. Following the overview, a panel of suicide loss survivors and suicide attempt survivors will share their perspectives on postvention supports and what worked best for them as they lived through their experiences with suicide.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5448548931456906764

September 30, 2022: Shelby Rowe – Suicide Prevention in Indigenous People

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. CDT

In this webinar, Shelby Rowe will intertwine music, art, and humor to address the serious issues that have increased the risk of suicide among American Indians. Issues discussed will include genocide, colonization, and the ongoing systemic oppression of Indigenous people in the United States. Shelby will challenge the audience to once and for all abandon the policy of "Kill the Indian, Save the Man," and discuss how embracing Indigenous culture and wisdom could be a key to strengthening mental well-being and reducing suicide risk.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3277310335352227599

For questions about this broadcast, please email suicide.prevention@hhs.texas.gov.

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Information & Inspiration

"A-B-C, Easy as 1-2-3!" by ABCmouse.com (originally by The Jackson 5)
Behavior Technical Assistance Guide

This marvelous resource is now available at the TEA webpage. This link will take you directly to the PDF file. Tremendous resource for those wanting to create/update/revise their behavior systems of support for students with special needs. Enjoy!

The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI)

TBSI is a state-level training that meets the requirements mandated by Texas Education Code 37.0021 and Texas Administrative Code 89.1053.

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CPI - Training Tip: Precipitating Factors

As you know, at CPI we use the term Precipitating Factors to describe possible reasons why aggression (verbal and physical) and challenging behaviors occur.

Understanding Precipitating Factors

Precipitating Factors influence the behaviors of the person in distress, but they also have potential to influence staff behaviors as well. Remembering this will help you to:

  1. Avoid becoming a Precipitating Factor yourself
  2. Address the factors that lead to crisis situations
  3. Not take the crisis personally


Consider the following scenario:

Your alarm rings and you wake up to get ready for your day. You go to take a shower but find out that there is no water. You do your best to clean up and get dressed for the day. You put on a new shirt, grab your things, jump in your car and pick up that much-needed cup of coffee. You’re feeling like things are getting back on track, but as you make your way to the office, the car in front of you stops suddenly. You slam on your brakes and coffee splashes all over you. There is no time to change, so you continue to work. As you walk in the door, a coworker greets you with, “Wow. You’re looking rough today!” and laughs.

Ask yourself:

  1. What do you think your reaction would look and feel like? Would you be calm and politely explain your morning? Or would you become angry, snap at your coworker, and storm off?
  2. What might you do to keep these Precipitating Factors from influencing your behavior negatively?
  3. What are some ways you can remind yourself that a person in distress may have Precipitating Factors contributing to their behavior?
NASP on Social Justice Issues

This link will take you to several resources such as Podcasts, lesson plans, position statements, and information on implicit biases - to name a few.

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Signs of Compassion Fatigue

  • Physical and emotional exhaustion
  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Feeling irritable, sad, or numb
  • Ruminating about the suffering of others
  • Blaming yourself for not helping others enough
  • Decreased sense of professional accomplishment
  • Changes in the way you view the world
  • Changes in sleep and eating patterns

Providing support and care to those who have experienced significant adversity and trauma will have an impact on professional caregivers. The best prevention for compassion fatigue is serious self-care. Helpers must commit to taking care of themselves so that they can provide excellent care for their clients. Serious self-care for those in the helping professions includes includes many aspects. Maintaining a balance between personal and professional lives. Scheduling time for physical, emotional, and spiritual renewal. Keeping a close watch on how traumatic information is impacting you. And focusing on those things that you do have control over, like your own thoughts and feelings.

From: The Cost Of Caring: Compassion Fatigue And The Helping Professions

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

A 60-Second Self-Compassion Soft Landing. This bite-size introduction provides a meditation you can do now to welcome yourself into this moment and strengthen your self-compassion practice.

To start, make yourself comfortable…as you read these words, allow yourself to slow down…

Arriving into the present moment…

This is an invitation to notice what is here for you in this moment with curiosity, in a friendly way…

Maybe slowing your breath a little…. Breathing out a long exhale… noticing this breath…as it is… breathing in… breathing out…gently slowly breathing for three breaths…

Notice the body…your position… sensing under your feet…checking in with the body with curiosity and kindness……. Observe what is here for you now… sounds…. surroundings… sensations in the body…. thoughts… mood… feelings…meeting yourself exactly as you are….making space for whatever is here…allowing…letting it be… with acceptance and non-judgment…

Then softening the shoulders…. the face… the heart…. the belly…. the whole body… Gently smiling within…. Bringing a sense of warmth and care for yourselves with tenderness and kindness…

Then taking in this quote by Chris Germer:

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”

Blessings come in all shapes and sizes - don't miss one!
What Works Clearing House

Practice Guide: Reducing Problems Behaviors in the Elementary Classroom: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide/4


The Professional Learning Lab for Universal Structured Environments and Supports offers an array of opportunities for teachers and behavior support staff. Visit our classroom and delight yourself! A free resource for all.

Parents Corner

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Autism & Gaming: A Research Opportunity

Free Books!

Books Beginning at Birth is a statewide program that provides young children birth to age 4 and their families access to books and resources to support the development of early literacy skills and foster a love of reading.

This is the link to their website: Books Beginning at Birth

Early Childhood Texas

Early Childhood Texas is a streamlined website to connect Texas parents with access to a variety of free or low-cost services and resources available through different state agencies and programs.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Empowering Recovery and Well-Being For All

Free Services from Hazelden Betty Ford

  • We have a Virtual Family Team centralized email for families to access virtualfamily@hazeldenbettyford.org.
  • We have a toll free number to leave a message for a prompt call back (877) 429-5093. We provide help with registering, resources, and answering questions.
  • We offer multiple programs each week in two different time zones PT and CT.
  • We offer weekly programs for both families of our adult patients and families or our adolescent/young adult patients (under 25) – these are open to the public as well.
  • Monthly Spanish speaking Virtual Family Program – offered the last Wednesday of each month. Apoyo Para Familias | Hazelden Betty Ford

Feel free to pass along this FREE service to help families. They don’t have to have a loved one in treatment with us to participate. It’s nationwide. Also in Spanish.

Texas Project First

By parents, for parents, in English and Spanish.

Parenting Tips Activity Books for Summer and Fall

Get Parenting Tips Activity Books feature artwork, puzzles, and language learning activities, and each box comes with crayons for children. They're free to order and ship throughout Texas.

What is SPEDTex
SpedText Information Center

Stay Connected , a newsletter from TEA to keep you informed on several TEA initiatives and opportunities. Sign up to their mailing list, parents and educators!

Sounds for Your Pleasure

The Very Best of JAZZ - Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Norah John, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald
Relaxing Country Songs Of All Time - Best Classic Country Songs Collection

For More Information

Please check the Special Education webpage on our ESC 6 website. You will find valuable information from colleagues, as well as opportunities for other services - including the Non-Education Funds information and application. Thank you!

Fabiana Bezerra, LSSP, NCSP

ESC 6 Behavior Specialist for Special Education