Ann Guzman, M.A. – Behavior Supervisor
At Carousel, we understand that children’s behaviors can often interfere with their academic achievement. Rather than allow those behaviors to detract from learning, we provide regular opportunities for our students to grow from these experiences and find replacement behaviors that do not interfere with their learning. Our transdisciplinary team utilizes various techniques and strategies to minimize behaviors and maximize learning opportunities for students. Through our school-wide behavior management system, our staff encourages positive behaviors and participation from all students. Each classroom creates an environment that accommodates individual needs of the student. Students who receive daily class-wide and individual reinforcements often show a decrease in challenging and disruptive behaviors.
Carousel staff members participate in an array of staff development opportunities, such as conferences, workshops, in-service trainings, and weekly meetings. Through these opportunities, the staff learns more effective ways to help our students succeed. All behavioral aides receive Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training to help them provide safe management of disruptive behavior. A few of the challenging behavioral issues our program addresses include verbal and physical outbursts, challenging authority, toileting, and isolation.
Our Behavior Supervisor evaluates, designs, and implements environmental modifications that empower children to develop new skills and to strengthen their existing skills. Through evaluation and observation, we help to identify how the relationship between children’s behavior and the school environment can benefit the child and family. At Carousel, each child is surrounded by positive reinforcement that integrates multi-tiered reward structures to produce realistic behavior change. Using differentiated data collection, student behaviors are monitored and assessed to reduce problem behaviors and to increase functional replacement behaviors, by tailoring interventions to individual learners. The team of therapists and educational staff works collaboratively with the Behavior Supervisor to identify children’s behavior antecedents and consequences of their actions, and replacement behaviors.
Carousel staff addresses students’ behaviors and re-shapes cognitive and sensory interventions to best facilitate students’ development. With the support of our therapists, educators, classroom staff, and parents, we develop appropriate expectations and provide consistent and positive reinforcements that are necessary to help our students succeed. We encourage family participation and offer support in helping parents better understand their child’s behavior and how to respond to it supportively and consistently. Carousel staff uses Home/School Communication logs to maintain consistent communication between parents/guardians and the school. This collaborative effort supports the child’s needs and facilitates emotional and behavioral growth.