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Halting Behaviors that Hurt Learning

What happens when behavioral issues impact school performance?

On Tuesday, helping children with special needs avoid behaviors that can hurt their learning experience was the focus of the "When Behaviors Collide with Learning" seminar at the Vestal Library.

The seminar was held by the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, the Family Resource Network, and Cuddy Law Firm.

Parents, teachers, and service providers learned ways to assess students' behavioral problems, figure out why they're happening, and how they can help prevent future issues. Officials say this can be done with the help of functional behavioral assessments and behavioral intervention plans.

According to officials, the goal is for parents and schools to work together.

"It's important for parents to speak up and say these are some of the problems we've been seeing," said Shelley Hubal, Training Coordinator for the Family Resource Network, "And the school district has the responsibility to provide them support and services so that they can be successful in school to graduate and move on to college or work."

Organizers say parents who want an assessment for their child should contact their school district's special education department for more information.