LaGrange Area Department of Special Education

Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom

Pre-K - Grade 12 educators are welcome to attend.


ALL LADSE employees and our 15 member district staff and parents may attend free of charge.
To those outside of our membership area, an event fee of $100.00 per participant will be assessed for attending.





PRESENTER: Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA


LOCATION:  Crowne Plaza-Burr Ridge


DATE:  Monday, December 9, 2019


TIME:   8:30 AM — 3:30 PM 


Registration begins at 8:00 AM


Presentation will begin promptly at 8:30 AM


With up to 30% of children struggling with anxiety in this country, it's no surprise that overburdened teachers are overwhelmed as they face this challenge with almost no training in mental health and behavioral principles. Using case studies, humorous stories, and common challenging situations, participants will learn easy-to-implement strategies and interventions for reducing anxiety and increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in children and adolescents.


Learner Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • list common antecedents for students with anxiety.
  • enumerate strategies to promote initiation, persistence, and help-seeking skills in students with work avoidance.
  • identify why common teacher practices and interventions may not always work for students with anxiety-related behavior.
  • describe classroom friendly self-monitoring strategies.
  • list strategies for reducing negative thinking toward writing.

Continuing Education

IDFPR (Continuing Education Units): Clock Hours - 7
Professional Development Clock Hours (ISBE): PD Clock Hours - 5.25


LADSE is a Continuing Education Sponsor for Social Workers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists.


Any person with with a license through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)




Remaining Registrations: 16

About Us


Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally.  She has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems.  She is  the co-author of The Behavior Code:  A practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, (Harvard Education Press, 2012), and author of The Behavior Code Companion:  Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).


Crowne Plaza-Burr Ridge
300 S. Frontage Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527