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Reducing Challenging Behaviors in Students with Autism: Merging Visual Language and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Reducing Challenging Behaviors in Students with Autism

Presented by Rebecca Remner, M.S. CCC-SLP, Director of Speech-Language Pathology, Monarch Center for Autism; and Monica Fisher, M.Ed., BCBA/COBA, Director of Behavior Department, Monarch Center for Autism

Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism, STAR Autism Support, and VizZle

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In this edWebinar, take an in-depth look at evidence-based strategies to help reduce and/or replace challenging behaviors utilizing functional communication training. During this edWebinar, the presenters will:

  • define functional communication training and discuss why it can significantly reduce challenging behaviors, including those exhibited by students with Autism.
  • take a step-by-step approach to identifying and assessing problem behaviors as well as visual language strengths and weaknesses.
  • map visual language onto Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching strategies.
  • learn how to use systematic strategies to teach replacement communication and behaviors.
  • examine case studies that demonstrate how to scaffold visual supports for different types of students, based on baseline data collection and the results of language assessments.
  • monitor and generalize these skills in students with Autism.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to PreK through high school teachers, school and district leaders, therapists, and behavior specialists.


Rebecca RemnerAbout the Presenters

Rebecca Remner, M.S. CCC-SLP, serves as the director of speech-language pathology at Monarch Center for Autism. Rebecca is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who has worked at Monarch Center for Autism for 14 years, with students on the autism spectrum who range in age from 3 through 21. She has extensive experience with individual and group therapy services for non-verbal students, verbal students, lower functioning students with a functional tract, and higher functioning students with an academic focus. As the director of the department, she supervises 22 SLPs, provides staff training and oversees many projects to ensure the department is providing the latest evidence-based therapy and use of technological advances.

Monica Fisher

Monica Fisher, M.Ed., BCBA/COBA has more than 16 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum in home, school, and residential settings. She provides in-home consultative services for families in the community and has provided trainings for parents, teachers, and other professionals. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Wooster, her master’s degree and intervention specialist licensure from Cleveland State University, and she took coursework in applied behavior analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology. She is the director of the behavior department at Monarch Center for Autism and is responsible for managing a team of behavior specialists and BCBAs. She previously served as an intervention specialist in Monarch’s High School and was formerly an associate teacher at Monarch School. She is also a behavioral consultant for ABA Outreach Services, providing behavioral consultative services to families of children with autism.


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monarch center for autismMonarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.


star autismSTAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!


vizzle autismVizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.




Thursday, November 21, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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