Conference: Preventing Problem Behavior: An Emotional Regulation Relationship-Based Approach

Conference: Preventing Problem Behavior: An Emotional Regulation Relationship-Based Approach


On October 7, 2019, we'll be hosting Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, for a conference on preventing problem behavior through emotional regulation relationship-based approach. 

This conference will be open to educators and therapists working with children in Early Intervention, preschool and school settings, parents, social workers, psychologists and administrators. ASHA CEUs will be provided.

This conference will take place at the Ball Conference Center (21350 W. 153rd St. Olathe, KS 66061).

Early bird registration for a discounted price is open through August 1, 2019. Please see notes on registration pricing and special group discounts below.

Can't wait to see you there!


Notes on registration pricing:

Online registration includes a $10 processing fee. If you'd prefer to register offline, just send a check! 

Regular registration is $220 (online $230) and early bird registration (available through August 1, 2019) is $200 (online $210).

Groups of 5 or more from one location can register each person for $200 and can contact Emily at in order to do so.

Cancellation policy: 

Request for cancellation should be received in writing via mail or email 10 days prior to conference in order to receive a refund less $25 per cancelled registrant. No refunds will be given within 10 days of conference. 

About the Conference:

Preventing Problem Behavior: An Emotional Regulation Relationship-Based Approach with Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Problem behaviors remain one of the most difficult and stressful challenges for practitioners, parents and persons on the autism spectrum and with related neurodevelopmental disabilities.  When such patterns of behavior are present, they not only challenge parents and professionals, but prevent learning and active participation in activities, and hinder the development of relationships with peers and adults. Progress has been made over the past two decades with the introduction of positive and preventive approaches to problem behavior.  However, practices following a behavior management approach remain constrained, as they have not yet infused a developmental and relationship-based perspective that focuses on enhancing children’s emotional regulatory abilities, and developing positive, trusting relationships with others. The most recent research in infant and child development and specific developmental disabilities such as autism, has documented the need to go beyond behaviorally-oriented approaches by incorporating developmental, emotional regulatory and relationship-based dimensions.  In this presentation, a “Bio-Psycho-Social” perspective will be presented that considers the interaction of physiological issues, cognitive and social-environmental issues.  Participants will learn about practical, respectful and innovative ways to assess, prevent and support a person with problem behaviors, and to design learning environments, supports and activities that enhance the ability to stay well-regulated emotionally, to maximize learning, social participation and relationships in everyday activities and routines. 

Continuing Education Information: 

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will learn to apply…

  1. An alternative emotional regulatory perspective to understanding problem behaviors for persons with ASD

  2. Universal principles of preventing and responding to problem behavior.

  3. Specific strategies to prevent and respond to problem behaviors.  

Speaker Information:

Dr. Barry Prizant is a speech-language pathologist with 45 years experience as a researcher and international consultant for individuals with ASD. He is an Adjunct Professor, Brown University and Director, Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Publications include The SCERTS Model manuals, an educational approach now implemented in more than a dozen countries, two edited books and 130 scholarly chapters and articles. Barry has presented more than 800 seminars and keynote addresses internationally, including two invited presentations (2013, 2017) at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day. He continues to consult for school districts and families.  Honors include 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (their highest honor), 2005 Princeton University-Eden Career Award in ASD, and 2013 Divine Neurotypical Award of GRASP. His recent book is Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (Simon & Schuster, 2015) is translated into 15 languages and is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s 2017 “Dr. Temple Grandin Award for the Outstanding Literary work in autism”.  

Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


  • 7:40-8:00 AM: Registration

  • 8:00 am-10:00 am: I. Understanding Problem Behavior:  Why the need for a different perspective?

    • Attitudes and beliefs about Problem Behavior

    • Emotional Regulation:  Deepening our understanding of problem behavior

    • Stress, arousal and Emotional Regulation 

    • A critical look at widely used behavior management practices:    

  • 10:15 am – 11:30 am: II. Causes, Types and functions of Problem Behavior 

    • Bio-Psycho-social Factors

    • Problem Behavior and communication limitations 

      • expression of intent through PB

      • protesting, refusing

      • frustration due to communicative failure

    • Problem behavior and physiological factors

    • Problem behavior and learning environment issues

      • special challenges for inclusion, flexroom

    • The cumulative nature of dysregulating factors

  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: III. Assessment and Educational programming issues

    • Communicative intent underlying problem behavior

    • Documenting self and mutual regulatory strategies

    • Documenting environmental Challenges

    • Documenting interpersonal influences

    • Tantrums vs. Extreme Dysregulation – how to tell the difference

  • 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm: IV. Educational Programming and Intervention Issues

    • Strategies for Supporting Emotional Regulation and Preventing Problem Behavior

    • Generic Prevention Strategies

    • Strategic Prevention Strategies - Behavioral Level Strategies

    • Strategic Prevention Strategies - Language Level Strategies

    • Reactive (“Heat of the Moment”) Strategies 

    • From Behavior Plans to Emotional Regulation Plans

    • Universal Rules for addressing Problem Behavior in Children


This conference will take place at the Ball Conference Center at 21350 W. 153rd St. Olathe, KS 66061.

Can't wait for you to join us!