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​The PCOE Behavior Department has over 60 years of combined experience using evidence-based practice in positive behavioral interventions. Our Behavior Specialists are either Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, or working towards certification. The Behavior Specialists attend regular continuing education classes to maintain certification and learn about current research practices in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. The PCOE Behavior Department has been providing assessments and consultation services to Districts, Non-Public Schools, County Offices of Education, children, teachers, care providers, and families since 2006.


​Samples of Services Provided in PCOE Classroom Settings:

  • Training classroom staff how to effectively prevent and manage challenging behaviors via modeling, role playing, coaching, and feedback
  • IEP support
  • Training district and county office staff how to provide comprehensive program support and develop individualized behavior plans
  • Focus on research-validated positive interventions and reinforcement strategies
  • Recommendations based on observation and data
  • Assistance with determining the need for additional staff support
  • Enhance systems for team collaboration

PCOE's Philosophy for Addressing Challenging Behaviors Includes:

  • ​A systematic, data-driven approach for changing behavior based on positive interventions
  • Individualized and group interventions based on best practices and research
  • Developing team member’s understanding of the student’s underlying needs which lead to challenging behavior
  • Teaching the student new, adaptive skills to replace their challenging behavior
  • A holistic approach that considers all of the factors that impact the student, and the student’s behavior
  • Analysis of how the environment and adult behavior impact the student’s challenging behavior

​Services Can Be Provided Within the Placer County SELPA for:

  • Districts & County Offices of Education
  • Non-Public Schools
  • Charter Schools
  • Parents/Caregivers
  • Transportation staff

Services May Include:​

  • ​Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Positive Behavior Plan Development
  • Staff training on Applied Behavior Analysis principles and intervention strategies
  • Phone or face-to-face consultations
  • Consultations that focus on increasing the fidelity of plan implementation
  • Trainer-to-trainer consultation to district staff on how to conduct FBAs, develop behavior plans, and provide staff support
  • In-Service Trainings 

Topics Can Include:

  • ​​Behavioral Strategies for the Classroom
  • Create Positive Behavior Supports for Your Child at Home
  • Crisis Cycle, Behavioral Emergencies, and Behavior Reporting
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Principles of Reinforcement
  • Discrete Trial Training and Promoting Generalization of Skills
  • Maintaining Professionalism Under Challenging Circumstances
  • Maximizing Powerful Reinforcement in the Classroom
  • Physical Restraint Versus Prompting
  • Training for Substitutes on Basic behavior Principles in the Classroom
  • Classroom Set-Up and Instruction
  • The Competing Pathways Model​




Students are taught in district general education settings, charter school programs, district special education programs, county special education programs, Home Hospital Instruction (HHI), or in the PCOE Regional DHH program.​​​​​


PCOE has a department focused on providing a wide variety of assistive technology devices to help children excel on an academic and personal level. From adaptive desks to special computer software, we have the tools your child deserves.​



PCOE offers amazing support and services for infants with disabilities. Our team works with the family to establish the proper development of their child. Our relationship-based approach guides children and parents through normal everyday activities, and ensures they're ready for the next phase of development.​​

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