Strategies for Changing Problem Behavior in Children

Frederick County Public Schools Partners for Success will present a conference for parents, family members, caregivers and interested professionals on behavior modification. The $20 per person conference will be on Saturday, March 21, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Washington County Technical High School (50 West Oak Ridge Drive Hagerstown, MD 21740 (near the Outlets). Maryland State Department of Education supports this program with funding.

Dr. Paul Livelli will talk about techniques and strategies to change behavior in children. According to the brochure, children tend to continue a behavior when it is rewarded and stop a behavior when it is ignored. Consistency in the reaction to a behavior is critical. Dr. Livelli will explore the notion of a child’s behavior in terms of frequency, intensity, and duration. Participants will learn how to look at behavior in terms of its appropriateness to the child’s age and stage of development. Further, Dr. Livelli will talk about tools participants can use to attempt to stop behavior by stopping the reinforcement and concurrently introducing a new preferred behavior and ways to reinforce that behavior instead. Dr. Livelli has 25 years of experience in special education and is working as an educational and behavioral consultant for families and school systems in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

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The conference cost of twenty dollars per person includes workshop materials, morning refreshments, lunch, and door prizes. A limited number of scholarships are available for families. All participants must pre-register online at, or by printing the brochure and mailing it in with the fee. Interested parties may contact Frederick County Public Schools Partners for Success at to get the brochure. Also contact Ms. Donoghue-Rick if sign language or foreign language interpretation is needed, at least 7 business days before the conference. Childcare is not provided.

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