Consultation to Teachers

Behave Your Best, LLC works with child care centers, preschools, and school districts throughout the Twin Cities metro area to provide behavioral consultation to teachers and early childhood professionals in group settings. file0002086188344 Early childhood education professionals often report that managing the behavior of a group of young children is the most stressful part of their jobs. Behave Your Best has several services that can support children and teachers in group settings. We have developed several teacher workshops that provide the philosophical underpinnings of our approach.

Teacher workshops for Continuing Education

Each 2-hour workshop is provided for a fee of $500, regardless of the number of teachers in attendance. Fees subject to change at any time and without notice. Jamie and Shanna are certified Content Experts through the Minnesota Center for Professional Development and all of the trainings listed below are approved for continuing education.

NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2017!!! Pretend you are a Light Switch!® for Early Childhood Educators is now available as a workshop OnDemand. Click here to purchase the video for $79, which includes a 30-minute phone consultation with Shanna to discuss any questions you may have. While the content of this course is approved for continuing education for groups of early childhood professionals, the self-study format of it is not. While we are able to provide a certificate of completion, we cannot guarantee that it will count toward your required continuing education.

 

“Function-Based Assessment of Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom” – Children engage in unwanted behaviors in the preschool classroom for a variety of predictable reasons. In this workshop, we review the four most common reasons children display unwanted behaviors in early childhood. We will discuss strategies to address the unwanted behaviors, given the reason the child engages in the behavior.

Applies toward areas:

4. Curriculum Implementation

8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

CDA Content Area Social and Emotional Development

 

“Teaching Children to Listen the FIRST Time” – In this training, we will present the reasons why young children don’t consistently listen. Given those reasons, we will offer a teaching strategy to efficiently teach children to follow directions quickly the first time a teacher gives an instruction.

Applies toward areas:

4. Curriculum Implementation

8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

CDA Content Area Social and Emotional Development

 

“Teaching Social Skills to Prevent or Replace Unwanted Behavior in the Group Setting” – Inability to perform appropriate social skills is a common reason why toddlers and preschoolers display challenging behaviors in the group setting. In this workshop, we first review how to respond to unwanted behaviors while minimizing the potential that the child learns new unwanted behaviors. We review the common reasons for unwanted behaviors in the group setting. We describe 6 pivotal social skills to teach children aged 18 months to 5 years old, and provide an experiential method for teaching the social skills to children in the group setting.

Applies toward areas:

4. Curriculum Implementation

8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

CDA Content Area Social and Emotional Development

 

“Teaching Communicative Gestures to Infants” – Infants have limited modes of communication which can make caring for them challenging. Crying is functional for babies in that it begins as an innate response, rather than a learned behavior, and it effectively gains the attention of adults. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of teaching communicative gestures to infants, which gestures to teach, as well as how and when to teach them.

Applies toward areas:

4. Curriculum Implementation

8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

CDA Content Area Social and Emotional Development

 

“The Ins and Outs of Potty Training” – In this workshop, we will first briefly review the literature regarding potty training norms, as well as the literature on evidence-based approaches to potty training. We will discuss readiness criteria. We will then review the key components of our rapid approach to potty training children, which is individualized to meet the needs of the child, but flexible enough to be adapted to the group, child care setting. Unlike traditional methods of potty training, our approach focuses on teaching a child to initiate use of the potty so as to prevent dependence on an adult reminding the child to use the potty.

Applies toward areas:

4. Curriculum Implementation

8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development (2 Hours)

CDA Content Area Physical and Intellectual Development

 

“That Behavior Came Out of Left Field!” – Children are efficient with their behavior in early childhood. They rarely engage in unwanted behaviors for no reason. It is our job to figure out the reason. This training reviews the basics of functional behavioral assessment and offers a tool to conduct assessments in your setting.

Applies toward areas:

2. Authentic Observation

10. Assessment Training

Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development (2 hours)

CDA Content Area Observing & Recording Behavior (2 hours)

 

NEW SEPTEMBER 2017 “I Can Do It All! Teach and Use My Attention Efficiently!” – Efficiently learn to use your attention to teach necessary skills of early childhood (i.e., sharing, listening). Teachers learn both how to give attention to children’s wanted behavior, that they want to see again, and utilize proactive strategies to address unwanted behavior. Well used doses of attention can limit attention to unwanted behavior and support a child to complete a task they would otherwise delay or avoid (i.e., circle time). In this workshop, participants learn to use their attention wisely by watching videos to identify proactive teaching strategies and discuss how to apply these strategies to their own classroom.

Applies toward areas:

2. Authentic Observation

4. Curriculum Implementation

7. Developmental disabilities, special health care needs, and behavioral challenges(Ended 8/15/2017)
8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)

CDA Content Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development  (2 Hours)

 

We are in the process of writing more trainings for 2017! Email jamie@behaveyourbest.com with your requests! 

Although trainings are a great place to start, research from a variety of discipline indicates that information acquired in a lecture-based training rarely translates to behavior change in applied settings. Therefore, we also provide follow-up classroom consultation, supporting teachers as they practice the concepts learned in a workshop directly with children in the classroom. We use demonstration, coaching, and feedback to train teachers to use the strategies.

There are 2 options for Classroom Consultation: 

1. As needed consultation when challenges arise in your center. Behave Your Best is not able to guarantee availability at the time that your center is in need of consultation. The rate for this service is $150 per hour and you will be billed at the end of each month during which service was provided.

Twice monthly visits with monthly installments. Behave Your Best requires a minimum of 12-month commitment to guarantee our availability. This package includes 4 hours of Consultant time in your center each month, and up to 1 hour to write a consultation summary that will be emailed to you within 3 business days of each visit. The rate for this package is $400 per month. Client can choose to use total hours purchased as needed (shorter visits, more than one visit per month, skip a month, longer visits), as Consultant availability allows.

BONUS 2 FREE PARENT EVENTS AND UNLIMITED ACCESS TO PRETEND YOU ARE A LIGHT SWITCH® WORKSHOP ONDEMAND

Letters of Reference for Classroom Consultation

“Please consider this a strong recommendation for Jamie Waldvogel.  I have had the pleasure of working with Jamie over the past year.  She has been a consultant for our school and also for my child.

Jamie has an excellent understanding of child development and early education teaching. She has built a successful and thriving business from the ground up.  She has filled that niche that has been much needed in the early childhood field.

Jamie has a terrific ability to relate to children. She is able to communicate clearly and warmly with parents and staff members.  Jamie has the confidence needed to explain herself and the task at hand.

Jamie is a flexible and positive person.  She has a reflective cheerful manner.  She has been an exceptional consultant and contributed greatly to The Goddard School.  She will bring enthusiasm, respect, and knowledge to any environment. Jamie’s personal and professional qualities will serve her well in her future endeavors.”

~Tara Hallberg, Director of The Goddard School,
Brooklyn Park, MN

“We have worked with Jamie and Katie from Behave your Best for the last year. Their passionate knowledge of children’s behavior has helped our center and staff immensely! They are always very receptive to our teacher’s questions. We’ve seen positive changes in behaviors and they have given us valuable tools to use in the classroom. We highly recommend Behave your Best!”

~Ruth and Molly Stark, Time for Me Early Learning Center,
Lake Elmo, MN


Direct requests for teacher or parent events to jamie@behaveyourbest.com
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NOTE: Per the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts, “behavior analysts do not solicit testimonials from current clients or patients or other persons who because of their particular circumstances are vulnerable to undue influence.”
Former clients of Behave Your Best, LLC are routinely given a satisfaction survey as a commitment to client satisfaction. Former clients are given the opportunity to prohibit statements from being used in marketing and are also given the opportunity to remain anonymous. Our survey was adapted from:
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