Lack of student cooperation leads to a decrease in learning, negatively impacts social relationships with other peers, and may result in physical harm to staff and/or other students. It is crucial to teach cooperation as it is a foundational skill required for learning, developing social skills, and independence as adults. Relationship quality may be a key factor influencing problem behaviour. Research indicates that when rapport is poor, levels of problem behavior are high; when rapport is good, levels of problem behavior are low. However, when rapport is improved, decreases in problem behavior and increases in task completion are observed.
This two-day introductory workshop will help participants develop a basic understanding of how to gain student cooperation and the underlying reasons why students may engage in escape motivated behaviours. Evidence-based strategies for increasing a student’s ability to follow instructions will be discussed. Participants will walk away having learned strategies that promote gaining student cooperation.
This workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers, resource teachers, learning support teachers, case-managers, and other professionals who are not yet familiar with interventions to increase student cooperation in the classroom. The workshop is particularly beneficial for those who can attend as a school team (e.g., the classroom teacher, case manager, and EAs for a student with who engages in high levels of escape and avoidance behaviours) and for those districts who are interested in participating in POPARD’s Student Cooperation Training (SCT).