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Paraprofessional Toolkit: Understanding the ABC's of Behavior

Time limit: 365 days

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Course Overview

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Course Description

"Understanding the ABC's of Behavior" is a foundational course that equips paraprofessionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively identify, understand, and address student behaviors in the classroom setting. The course begins with an engaging narrative that emphasizes the importance of recognizing the underlying factors that contribute to student behaviors. Through a series of informative BHSSC-created videos, reflective exercises, and assessments, participants will learn about the ABC model of behavior, which focuses on Antecedents, Behaviors, and Consequences. The course explores how to identify and understand antecedent and setting events that may trigger or reinforce certain behaviors, providing paraprofessionals with the tools to proactively address and prevent challenging situations. Participants will also learn various strategies to effectively change behaviors, including positive reinforcement, behavior replacement, and environmental modifications. The course also delves into the role of consequences in shaping behavior, helping paraprofessionals understand how to select and implement appropriate consequences that promote positive behavior change. By the end of the course, paraprofessionals will possess a comprehensive understanding of the ABC model and feel empowered to apply this knowledge to create a positive and supportive classroom environment that fosters student success.

Course Goals

  • "Understand and identify antecedent and setting events that may reinforce behaviors"
  • "Identify ways to change a behavior"
  • "Understand and identify consequences that may reinforce behaviors"

Estimated Time: ½ Hour to 2 Hours 

This self-paced course typically requires half an hour to two hours to complete, though the actual time may vary based on individual factors.

Access and Credentials

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Bulk Enrollment

Administrators, PLC leaders, and others can enroll their whole team; there's an option for bulk enrollment in the Catalog for registering multiple members. You first need to reserve and purchase multiple enrollments. After that, you can invite individuals to your purchased seats.

Team Discount

If registering 20 or more individuals for a team or district, reach out to to arrange for special pricing before purchasing.

Credentials: 1 CECH

After completing this course, you can obtain 1 CECH (continuing education contact hours) for South Dakota. CECH/CEUs are free of charge and can be obtained instantly upon completing all requirements.