Praises & Pitfalls: Year 2 of BBS in a Special Education School

Friday • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM • Location: Ryman Studio J

Mary Lang, Ph.D., R.N., BCBA-D
Beacon Day School
Casandra Nguyen, BCBA
Vice President
Beacon Day School
Ralph Mendoza
Behavior Safety Team Leader
Beacon Day School

In a challenging environment of a special education school setting, student-inflicted injury to staff occurs frequently and can be severe. The growing concern for staff safety lead to the implementation of a BBS program aimed at increasing targeted behavior, while facilitating positive changes in the school’s safety culture. This session will discuss the successes and pitfalls in the second year of implementation and the impact of BBS in a human service organization.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify key behavior objectives through analysis of staff injury data.
  2. Use data to guide safety protocol decisions.
  3. Understand the significance of positive reinforcement to improve safety performance.

With a background as a nurse, educator, special needs parent, neuropsychologist, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. Mary Joann Lang brings a wealth of informed experience to her roles as Founder/CEO of Beacon Day School for Children with Autism and Related Disorders, and Founder/Executive Director of Beacon Life Project (nonprofit). Dr. Lang has also served as a professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.

Casandra Nguyen is a Vice President of Operations at Beacon Day School with over 20 years of experience specializing in work with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in the clinic, home-based, and school settings. Casandra's professional training focus on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, early intervention, and staff development and training. Casandra has taught graduate level ABA courses at National University and University of Western Florida.

Ralph Mendoza, Behavior Safety Team Leader.