Understanding Behavior

This parent education course is focused on teaching parents, caregivers, and family members strategies and supports to prevent and respond to challenging behavior.


This parent education course is focused on teaching parents, caregivers, and family members strategies and supports to prevent and respond to challenging behavior. Sessions will cover behavior strategies rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis and seek to provide parents with knowledge and increased confidence to address behavior at home.

Session Objectives

  1. Parents will learn about why behavior occurs and what behavior communicates for children.
  2. Parents will learn preventative, antecedent strategies to prevent behavior from occurring.
  3. Parents will learn strategies to teach appropriate pro social behavior.
  4. Parents will learn how to respond to challenging behavior when they occur.
  5. Parents will learn strategies to collect information about behavior to make informed, data-based decisions.

Additionally, the parents will become part of a community of parents seeking to support each other and learn together.

Virtual Classroom

The virtual program will meet via Zoom every Monday, for 1 hour, for six weeks. Weekly materials will be posted on the DSC Parent Portal.

Monday, March 7th 6:00pm
Monday, March 14th 6:00pm 
Monday, March 21st 6:00pm
Monday, March 28th 6:00pm
Monday, April 4th 6:00pm
Monday, April 11th 6:00pm


Sara Behrens, M.Ed.,BCBA, LBA

This will be my fourth year teaching with The Down Syndrome Community. Working with the children and families is always a highlight of my month. I graduated from the Applied Behavior Analysis program in 2019 with my Masters of Education, and received my BCBA certification shortly after.  Outside of The DSC, I work for the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) as a head teacher in Project DATA. I am passionate about inclusive education and teaching through play! In my free time, I enjoy swimming, reading, spending time with family and friends and my cat, Lilly.

Katherine Bateman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Dr. Katherine Bateman is a Research Scientist in the Area of Special Education at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education at the University of Washington. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Washington in 2017 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the Supportive Transformative Autism Research initiative at the University of Virginia. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D) and works extensively with children and families throughout the Puget Sound. Dr. Bateman has an active research and professional development agenda through her work in early intervention and early childhood special education. Dr. Bateman is currently working on projects to increase access to high quality services for children and families affected by ASD utilizing the ECHO model of dissemination.


Understanding Behavior (5-week)
$ 100 One-time Fee
  • Includes all materials
"Even though I felt very familiar with the topic of behavior, this program gave me the solid foundation I didn’t have and some clearly defined understanding about what my child is communicating through behaviors. Now I have useful strategies to support my child and more confidence in understanding how to guide both my child and myself through what can be really tough times!"
—Alison B.


Registration for the Spring 2022 Session has closed.