Behaviour Intervention for Students with Special Educational Needs

12:15p.m. to 1:00p.m.

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Ms. Marjorie Smith, Mrs. Alison Munroe Tai, Dr. Joan Reid

The Mico University College

Ms. Marjorie Smith is a senior lecturer in the Special Education Department of the Mico University College for over twenty years.  She is the coordinator of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programme. She is a graduate of the Mico University College Diploma in Special Educations (Honours), The University of the West Indies B.Ed (Honours), and University of Louisville ( M.Ed.). She also received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a doctoral degree in Communication Disorders at Louisiana State University. In addition to lecturing in the area of Deaf Education, she has taught Classroom Assessment as a general course for over ten years. In this course students were exposed to assessment strategies and instruments (inclusive of task analysis, observation, work sample analysis, Informal Reading Inventory, Informal Spelling Inventory), factors that affect learning and developing Individual Intervention Education Plans based on assessment results. 

Mrs. Alison Munroe Tai is a Lecturer in the Department of Special Education at The Mico University College. She has been in the field of education for over 32 years and has experience in classroom teaching, assessment and administration in both general and special education settings.  For 12 years she was a Special Educator at the Mico CARE Centre where she conducted assessments and designed and implemented intervention programmes for children with special needs at the primary level.  She has over 12 years experience as the Vice Principal at a well-known preparatory school in Kingston, Jamaica where she supervised the Special Education programme offered there.  She has presented at conferences in Calgary, Savannah Georgia, Orlando and Jamaica.  Her interests currently lie in designing effective teacher education programmes, collaboration and programme design for special needs students in the general education setting. 

Dr. Joan Reid studied Special Education at Mico College and the University of the West Indies and further studied at the Nova Southeastern University where she received a Doctor of Education, Master of Science and recYellow Belt Lean Six Sigma Excellence. She is currently the Head of Department Special Education Department at the Mico University College.

Continued professional development is her hallmark as she believes “there is always a better way… you just need to find it”. This has led to participation in numerous workshops and certificate courses including: Advanced Educational Management (Mount St. Vincent University), Technology Integration in the Education System (E-l-Jam), Behavior Management, Best Practices in Teaching Reading (Reading Solutions), as well as Improving Quality in Education Systems and Leading with a Purpose, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Joan Reid is passionate about Special Education and the teaching and learning process. 

moderated by

Mrs. Tracey-Ann Anderson


Crucial Questions to be answered

  1. Are students with special needs tuned in?

  2. What behaviours do you expect from students with special needs in the virtual setting?

  3. How are students with special needs managing in the virtually classroom?

Managing behavior at any level and with multiple groups require an understanding of the appropriate way to behave in any setting. A positive, consistent and constructive approach is often the best way to guide behaviours and to elicit positive responses. Students with special educational needs may pose a greater challenge to manage and often training of individuals in special or regular settings must be given. In the current virtual educational and technologically advanced settings virtual, students with special needs have very high and low interest levels which may require higher levels of training to manage behaviours…