Preventing Problem Behavior in Schools with the Preschool Life Skills Curriculum – 10/22/2019

Preventing Problem Behavior in Schools with the Preschool Life Skills Curriculum

Tara A. Fahmie, PhD, BCBA-D

Live Event Information:

  • Date: Tuesday, 10/22/2019
  • Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm eastern (New York)

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The preschool years are critical to the growth and success of young children. The earliest signs of challenging behavior may begin to show during preschool, and a teacher’s response to challenging behavior can either abate or worsen it. The Preschool Life Skills (PLS) program uses a proactive approach to help prevent challenging behavior in the preschool classroom and beyond. The goal of the PLS program is to create a nurturing classroom environment in which all teachers and children promote and reinforce key social skills. The skills taught in the program are based on decades of research in early childhood education and the functional analysis of problem behavior. These include several component skills involved in instruction following, functional communication, tolerance for delays, and friendships. Whether implemented on a class-wide, small-group, or one-to-one level, the PLS program embeds behavioral skills training into normal school routines (e.g., lunch, free play, circle time) to promote efficient acquisition in a naturalistic context. Over a dozen studies have been published on the PLS program, and collectively, they show that social skills greatly increase and problem behavior decreases as a function of program implementation. In this webinar, you will receive a detailed overview of the PLS program, access to free resources (e.g., data sheets, manual) to guide your implementation of the program, ideas for customization, and avenues for future research.

Learning Objectives:

Workshop attendees will:
1.Identify prosocial skills that are shown to prevent problem behavior in preschool children.
2.Identify the key components of the Preschool Life Skills program when implemented at the class-wide, small-group, and one-to-one level.
3.Evaluate current evidence supporting the widespread adoption of the Preschool Life Skills program.
4.Identify avenues for future research on preventing challenging behavior in young children.



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Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEs Live or Recording
  • Psychologists: 3 CEs Live or Recording
  • Social Workers and Certified Counselors: 3 CEs  ~MUST ATTEND LIVE
  • Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.

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12:00 pm: Introduction
12:05 pm: Pretest
12:10 pm: Presentation begins
1:30 pm: 10 minute break
1:40 pm: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
1:50 pm: Presentation resumes
2:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
3:00 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form.


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Dr. Tara Fahmie is an associate professor in the department of psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Dr. Fahmie earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida, where she became inspired by the faculty to pursue a graduate degree in Behavior Analysis. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Kansas, under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley, and her PhD from the University of Florida, under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Iwata. Dr. Fahmie is a BCBA-D and has over 10 years of experience implementing behavior analysis with various populations in clinics, schools, and residential settings. Dr. Fahmie currently conducts research in several preschool classrooms and in collaboration with local autism agencies. She has published on the functional analysis of problem behavior and on the acquisition of social skills in young children. These two initial research interests have led to her emerging passion for research on the prevention of problem behavior. Dr. Fahmie also contributes to the field as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, an advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and the membership chair of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the
products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk.



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