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Behavior

The Behavior Team is made up of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Behavior Specialists, Registered Behavior Technicians and Behavior Educational Assistants. They assist in meeting the educational needs of Special Education students who demonstrate moderate to severe behavior problems in the school setting. They conduct functional behavior assessments, develop behavior intervention plans and conduct functional analysis when appropriate as well as provide trainings and program planning.
Name Title Phone Extension Email
Nicole Kanew BCBA (615) 893-5815 22158 kanewn@rcschools.net 
Katie Fann BCBA (615) 893-5815 22054 fannk@rcschools.net
Renee Jackson BCBA (615) 893-5815 22063 jacksonr@rcschools.net 
Janna Hood BCBA (615) 893-5815 22074 hoodj@rcschools.net 
Kecia Simmons Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815 22062 simmonsk@rcschools.net
Tracy George Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815 22074 georget@rcschools.net 
Taylor Unklesbay Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815 22064 unklesbayt@rcschools.net 
A.Leah Wilson Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815 22064 wilsonl@rcschools.net 
Melinda Pope Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815   popem@rcschools.net 
Resources: Behavior
 

University of South Florida Family Engagement Page:

 

https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/Implementation/family.html

 

Contains resources across a variety of languages on teaching social/emotional skills, addressing problem behavior (found under “backpack connection”), family connection (teaching play skills), social stories, and general resources.  (Scroll to the bottom of the page)

 

Autism Speaks:   https://www.autismspeaks.org/tool-kit/challenging-behaviors-tool-kit

 

“Challenging Behaviors Toolkit” contains videos for parents to watch.

 

Child Mind Institute - Guide to problem behavior https://childmind.org/guide/parents-guide-to-problem-behavior/

 

Contains information on providing reinforcement for appropriate behaviors, setting boundaries/not delivering rewards for inappropriate behaviors, how to deliver instructions, and helping deal with emotions  

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

 

Videos are available on Youtube.com that promote yoga, movement/body awareness, mindfulness and relaxation designed for kids ages 3+

 
Resources: Autism
 

School Closure Autism Kit:

 

https://www.autismspeaks.org/science-news/how-handle-school-closures-and-services-your-child-autism

 

Autism Toolkit: 

 

https://qrcgcustomers.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/account4876975/6576200_1.pdf?0.9405035283981562

 

Educate Autism  http://www.educateautism.com/

 

Educate Autism is a website dedicated to helping those working with children with autism by providing free teaching materials, various tutorials to help you make your own teaching aidsand articles to provide information about teaching methods and behavioral principles. 

 

Autism Classroom:   http://autismclassroom.com/

 

AutismClassroom.com is an online resource for parents, educators and administrators about setting up classrooms, setting up home and teaching children with autism. AutismClassroom.com provides free teaching materials, information on free and low-cost trainings and mobile apps.