The Tip of the Iceberg: Behavior as Communication

What is going on with students' behavior these days? This webinar focuses on how to understand behavior as communication. We know that students are trying to tell us something through their behavior - they might be communicating that a lesson or activity is too difficult, or they might be desperately seeking their peers' attention...or maybe they're just hangry? Join us as we dive into how to determine the function of a student's behavior, and how to create plans to support them. 

1. Identify what students are trying to communicate through their behavior.
2. Develop and implement strategies to teach students to get their needs met in supportive ways. 

$15, 1 Clock Hour and/or 1 BCBA Learning CEUs

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Specialists (Music, Art, PE, etc.)

Meet the instructor:

Ariane Gauvreau is the senior director of the Professional Development and Training Team at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral.

Ariane has extensive experience leading professional development and in-service trainings on topics including inclusion, neurodiversity, home visiting, tiered systems of support, individualized instruction and family collaboration. She is author of many peer-reviewed articles and chapters, including Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs. Ariane is an active member of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), on the Editorial Board of Young Exceptional Children and a part of several state and national committees promoting inclusion and best practices in education. 

Prior to joining the Haring Center team, Ariane was a clinical faculty member in the UW College of Education, Field Director of the Special Education Program at UW, and coach with the UW’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She has experience as a special education teacher, early intervention provider, Sibshop facilitator and educational consultant. Her research interests include personnel retention, supporting families of individuals with disabilities and sustainable interventions to promote inclusion for all children.

lara francisco

Lara Francisco is an education specialist at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her Special Education Teaching Degree from Western Washington University and is continuing her upper-level studies at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Education. She has a Washington State Teaching Certificate for Elementary Education (K-8) as well as for Special Education (K-12).

Lara’s work focuses on inclusionary practices in the classroom while looking at the whole child – academic, behavior, and social-emotional needs.  Understanding the importance of having strong internal systems, collaboration, and the benefits of using a Multi-Tiered Support System, Lara often provides support in these areas as well.  

Prior to joining the Haring Center, Lara spent 25 years working in both the Highline and Seattle School Districts. She has been a resource room teacher, a 1st and 2nd-grade teacher, a math specialist, and an MTSS team member and lead. She has also received additional training in both Positive Discipline and Roots of Empathy.

If you have questions or comments, please contact the UW Haring Center Professional Development and Training team at