I had a fascinating conversation with Cassie Leutenegger, a behavior support teacher, regarding how she helps with students with behavior plans and their general ed teachers. She teaches students in K-5, and works with students who have ADHD, emotional behavior disorder (EBD) or Autism in a specialized program.
Some of her students (K-5) are in a self-contained class that she teaches. She describes how the day is scheduled for staff and students, in both self-contained or general ed. She teaches the self-contained class as well as runs social skills groups and oversees the staff members who support students in general ed classes or specials.
Cassie explains what functional behavior assessments are, how they relate to behavior support plans and process to administer one.
Cassie has really good tips on work with general ed teachers: how to build relationships and collaborate to collect data and support students.
Finally, she gives tips on staying sane through your own relationships and self-care.
Episode 5 Show Notes
Guest: Cassie Leutenegger
Cassie is a current behavior classroom teacher in her 6th year of teaching. She has a passion for working with students who have behavioral challenges that keep them from being successful in general education classrooms. She is passionate about disseminating information to fellow behavior classroom teachers, general education teachers, and other special education teachers.
She has a Masters in Sped concentrating on behavior disorders/PBIS and is taking her last course for an ABA graduate certificate.
Links and Resources
- Zones of Regulation
- CHAMPS book
- CHAMPS resource in Cassie’s TpT store
- Her blog is Adventures in Behavior
- Her TeachersPayTeachers store is called Adventures in Behavior
- Cassie can be found on Instagram: @adventures.in.behavior
Podcast Host: Lisa Goodell
Lisa Goodell, M.A., is the host of the Help for Special Educators Podcast. She has been teaching for over 23 years, including general ed third grade, and special ed K-12 including resource/inclusion (RSP), and mild/moderate self-contained (SDC). Currently, she is an itinerant orthopedic impairment (OI) specialist/teacher for students birth to 21 years old in all general ed and special ed settings.
Lisa has been honored as “Teacher of the Year” at both the elementary and secondary level. She lives in rural Central California with her family and a bunch of cats. Connect with Lisa here.