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LoTasha Whitaker

Emotional, behavioral and mental health issues can impede academic progress. Moses Field, L. Whitaker's role of a Behavior Specialist is that of a team builder, working with classroom teachers and special educators to develop an individualized education plan (IEP) to manage behavioral issues and help a child have a better chance of succeeding in school. She observes students and teachers in the classroom setting and collects data to make evaluations. Behaviorists provide strategies for teachers and other staff to help a student that may have behavioral issues in reaching their academic goals.

  • Process referrals of students with autism or other behavior challenges for behavior intervention plan services.
  • Conducts student functional behavior analysis assessment.
  • Develops, implements and monitors strategies for positive student behavior management.
  • Consults with teachers, psychologists, paraprofessionals, and parents about student progress with interventions.
  • Makes periodic inspections of classroom environments to assure established components of the behavior plan are implemented.
  • Attends in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings as necessary to review assessment data, consult on the behavior program, and develop goals and objectives.
  • Performs related duties as required.