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Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Autism: A Balance Between Positive Behavior Support and Medications


Monday, March 25, 2019
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


SCSD Professional Development Center,
1005 West Fayette St. Suite 1D

Syracuse, NY 13204


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Please note: In the event of inclement weather, if the Syracuse City School District is closed the training will be cancelled.


Topic Description:
Addressing challenging behaviors with school-age youth can be very difficult. Dr. Susan Scharoun will share information on how to utilize and balance positive behavior support and medications.


Our Presenter:

Dr. Susan Scharoun has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Syracuse University. After graduating from S.U., she received a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) post-doctoral fellowship to do brain research in the Department of Anatomy and Center for Brain Research at the University of Rochester Medical School. Dr. Scharoun was employed by NYS Office of People with a Developmental Disability as an Associate Psychologist and Treatment Team Leader for seventeen years before becoming a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Le Moyne College, where she was the chair of the department for over a decade. Her research interests include autism and addressing challenging behaviors with positive behavioral support. Dr. Scharoun has taught courses such as Brain and Behavior, Childhood Disorders, Human Lifespan Development, Motivation and Emotion, Personality Theory, Human Lifespan Development, The Psychology of Disabilities and Health Psychology. She is a consultant psychologist for several not-for-profit agencies that serve children and adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Scharoun is on the Board of Directors of ARC of Onondaga and is the co-author of the e-publication of Dual Diagnosis, A Caregiver’s Guide. Dr. Scharoun is a sibling of a person with a developmental disability and a strong advocate for families.


For questions contact:
Dianne Pennings dpennings@launchcny.org 315-720-9148
Katherine Teasdale-Edwards kteasdale-edwards@scsd.us 315-435-4170

The Central New York Task Force is committed to improving educational access and outcomes for students with disabilities through a collaborative regional and statewide network of stakeholders representing a variety of perspectives in addressing the special education needs of students in Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga counties, as well as New York State.


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