Welcome to Understanding Behavior: An Interactive Tutorial, a web-based tutorial developed as part of a series of training materials to support the efforts of the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Below is a list a links to information that may answer your questions about the tutorial.

What is it about?
Who should use the tutorial?
What will I learn?
How long will it take to complete the tutorial?
Will the tutorial run on my computer?
Where can I get help if I have problems using the tutorial?
Who are the authors?
Where can I get more information about the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports?
   
 
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What is it about?
To deal effectively with students who exhibit challenging behaviors, it is important to approach such problems from a research-validated theoretical perspective. Understanding Behavior: An Interactive Tutorial provides a basic introduction to the behavioral model. By understanding and applying the behavioral model, you will increase the likelihood of intervening successfully with problem behaviors.

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Who should use the tutorial?
Understanding Behavior: An Interactive Tutorial is appropriate for a wide variety of personnel who work with students who exhibit challenging behaviors, including:

  • Regular education teachers

  • Special education teachers

  • School psychologists

  • School administrators

  • Counselors

  • Pre-service teachers

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What will I learn?
Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:

  1. Understand "behavior" from a behavioral model.

  2. Identify and apply the elements of a behavioral model to students with challenging behavior

  3. Communicate professionally about positive and negative behavior

  4. Identify what behaviors require intervention and when intervention is necessary

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How long will it take to complete the tutorial?
Understanding Behavior: An Interactive Tutorial consists of four sections that are further divided into a total of 11 lessons. While the time it takes to complete the tutorial will vary depending on your circumstances, you should be able to complete any one lesson in about 10 to 20 minutes.

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Will the tutorial run on my computer?
In order to present highly interactive and interesting content, Understanding Behavior: An Interactive Tutorial takes advantage of cutting edge web-based technology from Macromedia Inc. called Shockwave and Flash. If you do not have Shockwave and Flash installed on your computer, you will be automatically prompted to do so when you start the tutorial. To use the tutorial, you will need:

  • A Macintosh Power PC or greater or an IBM or IBM-compatible PC Pentium processor or greater
  • Windows '95 or '98/NT4 with Service Pack 3
  • Netscape 4 or higher, or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
  • At least 16 Megabytes of RAM, preferably more
  • 60 Megabytes of free hard disk space
  • 28800 baud modem (28.8 baud modem or higher recommended)
  • A sound card

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Where can I get help if I have problems running the tutorial?
If you have technical problems using the tutorial, make sure you are using a computer that is configured as describe above (link to "Will the tutorial run on my computer?). If you can¹t solve the problem by following the directions above, you can receive additional technical assistance by contacting: Carl J. Liaupsin.

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Who are the authors?
Dr. Terrance M. Scott, Ph.D.
Dr. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders from the University of Oregon. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky. His primary areas of interest are teacher training, social skills instruction, effective school-wide and individual behavior change strategies, and the facilitation of generalized responding. Dr. Scott has written on a variety of issues in special education with products that include monographs, training publications, and refereed journal publications.

Carl J. Liaupsin, M.S.
Mr. Liaupsin holds an M.S. in Special Education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Liaupsin has 11 years of experience serving children with behavioral disorders as a classroom teacher and district-wide behavioral consultant. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky and is expecting to graduate in the summer of 2000. His primary areas of interest are teacher training, functional behavioral assessment, assistive technology, and instructional design.

Dr. C. Michael Nelson, Ed.D.
Dr. Nelson holds a Ed.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders from the University of Kansas. He has been a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky since 1979. He has written extensively in the field of severe emotional and behavioral disabilities and has authored, co-authored or edited thirteen textbooks and monographs, twenty-five book chapters and over forty journal articles in the field. Dr. Nelson has been a visiting professor at various institutions and delivers numerous guest lectures and invited addresses every year.

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Additional partners and resources
Understanding Behavior: An Interactive Tutorial was developed as part of a series of training materials to support the efforts of the Center on Positive Behavioral Support and Interventions which is funded by a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs with additional funding from the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program.


The development of this content was supported in part by a grant awarded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Grant No. H326S980003. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position of the U.S. Department of Education, and such endorsements should not be inferred.
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