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Recording of the 1st online meeting for school counsellors and special educators

Recording of the 1st online meeting for school counsellors and special educators

These days, each of us needs support. Especially those who are supporting others. We have therefore organized the first online meeting for employees of school counseling centers on Wednesday 18. 11. 2020. There was a great demand for the meeting and over 160 school counselors, principals, and teachers from all over the country had attended virtually. We have focused on supporting children with SEN during the pandemic, supporting the mental health of children and teachers, and children’s behavior support in the online environment. The children’s behavior support presentation describes some important principles and procedures of PBIS. 

You can find the video here.

Providing support for children with SEN during distance education (PDF) 

Promoting self-regulation and mental health (PDF) 

Supporting children’s behavior in the online environment (PDF) 

 

The discussion brought many inspiring observations of the participants. We publish some of them: 

Most important is the relationship between teacher and educational assistant (for children with SEN), if it does not work well in regular environmentit is then perhaps even more difficult in distance learning. We use assistants largely, for example for tutoring children. “ 

“I am very happy that we have assistants – they work individually, pay attention to the pupils needs, they also support those who do not have official recommendations from the counseling center, but they can also support those who need it – but we are still learning and looking for the best ways…” 

“I involved ed. assistants in the lessons and it’s great. The problem was mostly with the teachers, who didn’t cooperate. But it is already clearly proven, an assistant can contact the family, come to online classes, and can then work with the student individually. It is not only up to the teacher, who at this time is very busy communicating with parents and students, providing formative assessment etc. “ 

 

Relevant questions were raised in person and in the chat, and most of them were answered directly during the meeting and complemented by interesting experiences of the participants from their practice. 

We wrote for journal Školní poradenství v praxi about the PBIS system

We wrote for journal Školní poradenství v praxi about the PBIS system

We have prepared a detailed article on the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system, for a professional magazine for employees of school counseling centers. ČOSIV is currently piloting PBIS in three Czech schools. 

In this article, we describe in detail the first of three tiers of interventions used in the PBIS system:  

Tier 1 (main content of the article) – preventive support with a set of recommended procedures and steps for all pupils and employees in the school 

Tier 2 – more intensive support in small groups and shorter time intervals, aimed on 10  20% of students 

Tier 3 – individualized intensive intervention for pupils with severe behavioral problems, aimed on 1  5% students 

In the article are described also other measures that are used in PBIS. For example, how to organize the classroom environment, what routines to implement in schools, and how to define expected school behavior for students. 

You can read the whole article here.

PBIS: Effective prevention of problem behavior

PBIS: Effective prevention of problem behavior

Recordings from the BeIN online conference

On October 26th, we presented the principles of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) at the online conference of the project Barriers in Inclusion and their overcoming. This link  contains all recordings from the online conference, in addition to PBIS, you will also find contributions concerning Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and the concept of Feuersteun’s instrumental enrichment (FIE) in the block 2.

In the 25-minute video on PBIS, we present the individual levels of support for pupils’ behavior. These include preventive school-wide support for all students, targeted support for groups of students with manifestations of inappropriate behavior and individual support for students with intense behavioral manifestations and / or complex needs. At the end of the video, we also answer questions from participants.