Ms. Claudette Stone--Behavior Specialist and 504 Coordinator

I am a certified special education teacher with a specialty in Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities and over a decade of experience.

What does a Behavior Specialist do?

The Behavior Specialist provides support and strategies to both students and staff that allow for optimal development of both the whole child and school community.   I meet regularly with students to work on their academics to strengthen their executive functioning skills, such as organization, time-management,  and planning.  I also teach various strategies to manage stress and methods for students to identify those actions and behaviors which may lead to preferred consequences.    I attend weekly team meetings to brainstorm and develop strategies for classroom and student management and to develop and review individual positive behavior intervention plans.

The Role of the 504 Coordinator

The 504 Coordinator monitors the eligibility determination, development, review, and records of the Section 504 Plans.  Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met.

What are Executive Functioning Skills?  

These skills guide and direct all of our actions and words. They are the “Air Traffic Control” of our lives.  The brain uses one or more of the many skills to decide on how to

  • respond, or, perhaps even better sometimes, not respond,

  • get started on a task, then finish that possibly boring task,

  • stay focused,  on a class lesson or your driving,

  • remember things,  even when you don’t think it’s important,

  • manage your time effectively, and get to work on time,

  • switch from one activity to the next,

  • plan and organize, maybe a party, maybe a project, and  then

  • self-reflect on and evaluate your performance.  

To learn more about these skills and the new EFS Curriculum being piloted this year at RAL, click here.

Practical Help for Parents

Barriers to Good Decision Making in Teens

Are you often confused, surprised, bewildered, and upset with your pre-teen and teenagers' behaviors?  Do you ask yourself, "now why did he did that?" or "how could she have done that?" ?  You are not alone!  And there are biological reasons for why adolescents often act in ways that do not make sense to adults.   I have attached a link to an hour-long webinar, on-line seminar, that provides researched evidence to explain adolescence behavior, offers some practical parenting strategies to help, and gives hope to parents of teens!

Click on the link below:

Barriers to Good Decision Making in Teens--with Practical Parenting Tips