Behavior is Communication


Sponsored by


Regional Coordinating Council 9 and the Greater Anaheim SELPA


Presenter: Elizabeth Gallardo, M.A., CCC-SLP, Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Margot Glasgow, M.A., BCBA, Education Specialist

Diagnostic Center, Southern California


DATE: February 14, 2017

TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Workshop

PLACE: Great Anaheim SELPA (Knott Elementary)

Multipurpose Room

7300 La Palma, Buena Park , CA 90620

Behavior is the earliest form of communication. While some students will develop verbal language, others will continue to communicate non-verbally using their behavior. This training will focus on students who use behavior as communication and teach those who work with these students how to recognize, respond to, and shape more appropriate and comprehensible forms of communication. Attendees will learn how to utilize the Form and Function matrix to identify appropriate replacement behaviors for maladaptive behaviors, which are already within their repertoire. This will serve as a guideline for development of appropriate behavior intervention plans. Additional topics will include identifying the student’s level of symbolism and implementing developmentally appropriate supports.

Intended Audience:

Individuals working with students who primarily use non-verbal language and/or present with challenging behavior. This includes speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, school psychologists, paraeducators and parents.

Outcomes: Participants will:

1. Increase awareness of the many forms of communication.

2. Understand how to use the Form and Function matrix to classify a student as a pre-symbolic vs. symbolic communicator.

3. Understand how to identify functionally equivalent replacement behaviors (FERBs) based on current

communication repertoire.

4. Identify next steps for expanding a student’s forms of communication.


Registration Deadline: January 31, 2017

There are only 80 spaces available – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!