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Improving Behavior Outcomes for Students with Autism—Strategies that Work

Presented By :

Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-Admin, QIDP
Lauren Sheehan, M.S.

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Yelling. Running from the classroom. Off-task behaviors. Avoidance.

If you work with students with autism in your district, you’ve been there. These behaviors can be disruptive to the classroom, and managing them demands so much time and focus.

It’s no surprise that students with autism often learn differently and much of these behaviors can be tied to frustration.

But with the right strategies in place, engagement can start to replace frustration and lead to improved behavior outcomes (and ultimately to learning!).

In this webinar, Mo Buti and Lauren Sheehan team up to share the most effective strategies they use with their students with autism including:

  • Captivating students with differentiated age-respectful content, graphic novels, and video (including green screens).
  • Addressing behaviors through stories/content that speak to emotional needs.
  • Refocusing and reconnecting with students using flexible delivery + familiar/routine habits.

Content from Readtopia will be used to help illustrate these and more strategies.

About the Presenter

Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-Admin, QIDP

is a practiced professional in the field of special education providing services and support to those with disabilities and their families and schools for over 31 years. She managed autism programs and services for over 6,000 students as Director of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities at Chicago Public Schools. She was also a special education teacher, an autism itinerant and a special education administrator. She is now the owner of AiepA: Advocate and Instructional Expert for People with Autism.

Lauren Sheehan, M.S.

is a Special Education Teacher for Alan B. Shepherd High School in Illinois. Lauren has been teaching students with significant complex needs for more than 12 years. She’s been using Readtopia for several years for in-person instruction and most recently for eLearning and ESY.

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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