Responding to Challenging Behavior: Developing Meaningful & Functional Instructional Strategies

A Summer 2019 Graduate Special Education Professional Renewal Course

Tied to attendance at the June 19-20 Colorado Department of Education 2019 Summer Institute on Deaf-Blindness and Significant Support Needs.

This 2-day (15 clock hour) course will provide insights on how to best plan for the instructional needs of students with deaf-blindness and/or significant support needs. The focus in recognizing our responsibility as the “avenue to the experience.” We have a charge to make the learning and teaching criterion both functional and meaningful with emphasis on respectful, “quality of life” interactions.

This two-day presentation will provide strategies to assist in the development, selection, and implementation of various behavior intervention techniques, as well as “frameworks” to help determine chronological, age appropriate activities, that are purposeful and learner specific.

The instructor of record, Tanni Anthony, PhD, will guide your course activities.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify specific frameworks for developing meaningful behavior intervention practice
  • Recognize brain activity that occurs during behavior demonstrations that interfere with learning/teaching
  • Navigate a task analysis with unique considerations for creating meaningful/functional, and chronological age-appropriate instruction
  • Apply “self” skills which promote safety and accountability when intervening during challenging behavior demonstrations
  • Demonstrate intervention practices that emphasize ownership of behavior
  • Re-evaluate practices involved in data collection for the purpose of writing productive behavior intervention plans

This course is graded Pass/Fail.


  • Eligibility

    Required for All Participants

    • General knowledge of sensory and/or significant support needs disabilities indicated by a degree or the current completion of a degree as a special educator and/or a related service provider.
    • All participants must be currently working with students who are deafblind and/or have significant support needs.

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

  • Register

    Please fill out the registration form and submit to Extended Campus (see Contact Us section below).

  • Contact Us

    Instructor of record email:
    Tanni Anthony, Ph.D.

    UNC Extended Campus
    Aimee Rogers
    Campus Box 21, Michener Library, Room L54
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, CO 80639
    Phone: 970-351-2594
    Fax: 970-351-1870
    Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. Please pay your bill by the end of the month in which it was received to avoid finance charges.

    Instructions on activating your accounts and paying your bill.