Taking care of you

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Summer is here!!!  Can you feel it?  Is the stress of the school year starting to fade?

We have heard it before, the age old advice, you must take care of yourself to be able to take care of others….

airplan cabinDoes anyone else distinctly hear the voice of an airline steward reviewing the safety pamphlet?

“If you are traveling with children, or are seated next to someone who needs assistance, place the mask on yourself first, then offer assistance.”


All joking aside, parents, guardians and caregivers of special needs children most definitely understand the necessity and importance of staying healthy and reducing stress levels. Whether it is daily living support, social/emotional support or educational advocacy for our children/dependents, “the buck stops here”, we are it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

PEATC’s goal to train and educate parents on Virginia’s Public School Special Education process is designed to help reduce the stress families of special needs children face through out the year in dealing with the IEP/504, eligibility and dispute process.  Gaining knowledge and support to be your child’s best advocate and knowing there is a free resource, a simple phone call or email away with a person to answer questions or offer additional resources can help.

Many times it’s those resources that show up at just the right time that make a positive impact on a family’s life.  So today, we scoured and searched and dug up some great articles and sites that help you take care of you. Whether it’s stress reduction, resources to needed information or community, all of these can help us take care of our own well being. We are certain we have only scratched the surface, so don’t be shy and share in the comments your favorite “go-to” sites that you rely on to take care of you!

Check out these articles:

Let us know what you think and please share with the community some of your “go-to” online resources.  Tell us some of your favorite ways to make sure you take care of you.


Your friends at PEATC


The Value of Functional Behavioral Assessments

PEATC Community Blog is excited to host a guest post by Ms Jillian Austin M.Ed, LBA, BCBA.  She will also be hosting an upcoming webinar with PEATC on July 7th, for more information and to register:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/c50wjm1omct9&eom

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Functional Behavior Assessments tend to be yet another aspect in the special education world that is shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding.  Many educators believe that FBA’s should be reserved for the toughest behaviors, and should only be conducted by highly trained individuals, immensely narrowing the field of students who benefit from this tool.  Still some other educators and parents don’t know that this tool even exists.

The truth is, FBA’s can actually benefit a wide range of individuals with a variety of disabilities and “problem” behaviors.  The key to understanding this is to go back to the basics when looking at Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methodologies: FBAguy2.jpg

We have a behavior that is impacting my child in a socially significant way, and it needs to be changed. 

Once one has reached this conclusion, the benefits of an FBA can be realized.  Special care should be utilized when thinking about the “social significance” of a behavior, as FBA’s are not reserved for aggressive and disruptive behaviors only.  Is your child having trouble concentrating?  Is she not able to participate in a variety of social activities?  Does your child seem overly anxious?   These types of broad issues can be used as a spring board for a FBA, ultimately determining a clear baseline and plan for intervention.

Another common misconception is that FBA’s are needed in the first place.  Many teachers and parents with the best of intentions, begin an intervention to target a problem behavior with little knowledge of baseline information.  This often leads to more confusion and frustration, as these tactics may work for a bit but then fade away, or they may even make the behavior worse!

FBA’s are important for establishing baseline information, understanding the detailed conditions under which the behavior is occurring, and answering questions as to why the behavior is occurring.  If you don’t have this information, you most certainly will not be able to put together a meaningful behavior plan to address this problem behavior.

Just remember this:  If you don’t have a good FBA, you have nothing!  Well, I might be exaggerating a little here, but it truly is important and can ultimately be that last little piece to put in the educational puzzle to help your child soar.

Ms. Austin will be presenting on Functional Behavior Assessments, what they are, who should do them, and what they should contain, on July 7th, 2015.  A link to register for this event can be found at:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/c50wjm1omct9&eom

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 As summer season begins, you may not have school or Special Education in the forefront of your thoughts. But here at PEATC, we constantly strive to build positive futures for Virginia’s children with Special Education needs by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life.

 PEATC makes this possible through information and training that enriches and empowers families and professionals to build strong partnerships.

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