12 episodes

Are you a teacher looking for support with students with diverse needs or behavior management in the classroom? Tune into The Misfit Behaviorists podcast, hosted by Audra Jensen and Caitlin Beltran, BCBAs and special education teachers, as they bring you actionable tips to behavior reduction and skill acquisition. Listen to evidence-based strategies with a student-centered focus as they share practical advice for special education teachers, behavior support teachers, BCBAs, and ABA professionals. 

Whether you're seeking advice or just want to laugh,  new to the field or a veteran looking for a fresh perspective, tune in for this unique blend of professional expertise and real-life experience. Weekly episodes will be concise, because we know your time is limited! Don’t miss it!   Connect with The Misfits:

YouTube: @themisfitbehaviorists | Instagram:  @‌themisfitbehaviorists | Caitlin's website (https://beltransbehaviorbasics.com/) | Audra's website (https://abainschool.com/)For Digital Resources:
(https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Aba-In-School)
(https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Beltrans-Behavior-Basics)

The Misfit Behaviorists - Practical Strategies for Special Education and ABA Professionals Audra Jensen, Caitlin Beltran

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Are you a teacher looking for support with students with diverse needs or behavior management in the classroom? Tune into The Misfit Behaviorists podcast, hosted by Audra Jensen and Caitlin Beltran, BCBAs and special education teachers, as they bring you actionable tips to behavior reduction and skill acquisition. Listen to evidence-based strategies with a student-centered focus as they share practical advice for special education teachers, behavior support teachers, BCBAs, and ABA professionals. 

Whether you're seeking advice or just want to laugh,  new to the field or a veteran looking for a fresh perspective, tune in for this unique blend of professional expertise and real-life experience. Weekly episodes will be concise, because we know your time is limited! Don’t miss it!   Connect with The Misfits:

YouTube: @themisfitbehaviorists | Instagram:  @‌themisfitbehaviorists | Caitlin's website (https://beltransbehaviorbasics.com/) | Audra's website (https://abainschool.com/)For Digital Resources:
(https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Aba-In-School)
(https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Beltrans-Behavior-Basics)

    Ep. 10: Navigating Difficult Conversations with ABA Staff

    Ep. 10: Navigating Difficult Conversations with ABA Staff

    Difficult conversations are natural when working in ABA or autism classrooms with students with heightened emotional and behavioral challenges. Listen for tips to navigate these challenges and work productively with colleagues!
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    We will be talking about episodes, getting feedback, and finding out what you want to talk about.
    Join The Misfit Facebook Group Find us Instagram: @themisfitbehaviorists Visit our websites: abainschool.com & beltransbehaviorbasics.com Watch us every week on YouTube: @themisfitbehaviorists Let us lighten your load! Visit our TPT stores where we have created a TON of no-prep, practical resources you can start using today!
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    • 21 min
    Ep. 9: Superhero Skills to Battle Burnout for ABA Therapy Staff

    Ep. 9: Superhero Skills to Battle Burnout for ABA Therapy Staff

    📝 Takeaways : 5 reasons you may be feeling burnt out and 5 ways to take your power back!
    💎 Today’s GEM: Remember, it’s OK to not be OK sometimes. It’s OK to prioritize your own mental health. It’s OK to say no!
    ‌🔗 Links: If you are in need of help or support of any kind or know someone who is, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Better early than late…
    Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling. Great for immediate support in moments of overwhelm.
    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Offers information, referral services, and support groups for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions. https://nami.org/Home

    Professional Support and Advocacy:
    National Education Association (NEA): Offers resources, advocacy, and professional development for teachers. https://www.nea.org/
     American Federation of Teachers (AFT): A union advocating for teachers' rights and providing resources and support. https://www.aft.org/
     Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): A professional organization focused on special education, offering resources and advocacy. https://exceptionalchildren.org/

    Join our FB Group for a community of like minded individuals to share tips and tricks!

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    We will be talking about episodes, getting feedback, and finding out what you want to talk about.
    Join The Misfit Facebook Group Find us Instagram: @themisfitbehaviorists Visit our websites: abainschool.com & beltransbehaviorbasics.com Watch us every week on YouTube: @themisfitbehaviorists Let us lighten your load! Visit our TPT stores where we have created a TON of no-prep, practical resources you can start using today!
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    • 18 min
    He’s a powerful kind of guy – Autism Awareness Day

    He’s a powerful kind of guy – Autism Awareness Day

    Join us this Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day as we reminisce with a clip of 2008 documentary of Audra’s son as he shared “What Autism Means to Me.”
    💎Today’s GEM: …because maybe we just need a bit more respect
    Join our Facebook Group for a community of like minded individuals & to valuable grab FREE resources to save you time! ⬇️
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    We will be talking about episodes, getting feedback, and finding out what you want to talk about.
    Join The Misfit Facebook Group Find us Instagram: @themisfitbehaviorists Visit our websites: abainschool.com & beltransbehaviorbasics.com Watch us every week on YouTube: @themisfitbehaviorists Let us lighten your load! Visit our TPT stores where we have created a TON of no-prep, practical resources you can start using today!
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    • 6 min
    Ep. 8: Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

    Ep. 8: Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

    Have you heard the term “pick your battles?” It’s not just a quip! Used thoughtfully and systematically, it can be an amazing tool in your behavioral toolbelt! It helps reduce power struggles, preserves energy (yours and theirs), prioritizes safety and core values, and creates opportunities for positive choices.
    Join us as we discuss this and other ways to alleviate the power struggles with my friend and colleague Alicia Like, M.Ed., BCBA.
    📝Takeaways :
    🧩 April is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month so things like puzzle piece symbols are front and center.The puzzle piece was historically associated with the idea that individuals with autism were "missing" a piece or were incomplete and was created without autistic input.♾️ The infinity symbol represents the idea of infinite possibilities, reflecting the diversity of experiences within the autism spectrum. It emphasizes acceptance, understanding, and the celebration of neurodiversity. It was created by autistic individuals.Many people still embrace the puzzle piece and feel it is a fitting representation, but many people have chosen to use the infinity symbol instead.💲There is a “dark side” of autism that is rarely talked about, in that individuals with severe autism have significant barriers, intensive needs that cause financial strain.‌💎Today’s GEM: How do you choose to celebrate April in terms of Autism   Awareness and Acceptance? Sound off in The Misfit Facebook Group!

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    We will be talking about episodes, getting feedback, and finding out what you want to talk about.
    Join The Misfit Facebook Group Find us Instagram: @themisfitbehaviorists Visit our websites: abainschool.com & beltransbehaviorbasics.com Watch us every week on YouTube: @themisfitbehaviorists Let us lighten your load! Visit our TPT stores where we have created a TON of no-prep, practical resources you can start using today!
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    • 13 min
    Ep. 7: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Alicia Like

    Ep. 7: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Alicia Like

    Have you heard the term “pick your battles?” It’s not just a quip! Used thoughtfully and systematically, it can be an amazing tool in your behavioral toolbelt! It helps reduce power struggles, preserves energy (yours and theirs), prioritizes safety and core values, and creates opportunities for positive choices.
    Join us as we discuss this and other ways to alleviate the power struggles with my friend and colleague Alicia Like, M.Ed., BCBA.
    📝Takeaways :

    1.  🎯Keep in mind the GOAL of the task. If you are working on writing, is the goal the penmanship or is the goal the concept, the organization? If it’s the concept, then does it matter if they use a crayon instead of a pencil? If the goal is to sit at circle time for 5 minutes, does it matter if he sits on a chair or on the floor? Be flexible on what you are requiring and what you are able to “let it go” (in the words of Elsa).
    2.  🖼️For the most oppositional behaviors, keep in mind the FRAME concept. Know your non-negotiables beforehand, those things that just have to be. Then allow for lots of fluidity in the middle. We have to go to the bus, but we can walk, we can dance, we can ride in the wagon, we can silly sing on the way. We obviously can’t punch our friends, but we can punch this bag, we can kick this ball, we can scream into this pillow. Be clear about those non-negotiables beforehand, but whenever possible, let there be flexibility “in the middle.” Let the student have as much choice and say for the rest of it.

    3. 🚫Avoid saying NO as much as you can! It is possible! Try these:
    “As soon as…” -- when something else needs to be done first. “As soon as we get this work done, we can totally get those cars out.”
    “No, but…” -- when something needs to be done instead. “No, but we can use this marker instead of that one.”
    ”Not yet…” -- when something needs to be done later. “Not yet, but we can do it after lunch. Let’s put it on your calendar so we will remember!”
    Obviously, some NOs are unavoidable, but when it’s possible, give it a try! A more positive response may be just the magic you need to turn a situation around!

    💎 Today’s GEM: This week, see how often you can turn a “no” into a “no, but,” “as soon as,” or a “not yet.”


    ⏰ We have something to save you TIME this week! ⏰
    ‌Links:
    Find the visuals from today’s episode here:    https://abainschool.com/dontsweatitCheck out this FREEBIE - a special education checklist for a classroom full of positive energy:   https://abainschool.com/checklist
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    Join The Misfit Facebook Group Find us Instagram: @themisfitbehaviorists Visit our websites: abainschool.com & beltransbehaviorbasics.com Watch us every week on YouTube: @themisfitbehaviorists Let us lighten your load! Visit our TPT stores where we have created a TON of no-prep, practical resources you can start using today!
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    • 19 min
    Ep. 6: Providing Data Support in the General Education Setting

    Ep. 6: Providing Data Support in the General Education Setting

    📝Takeaways :
    Students often have high emotional and behavioral needs but are academically appropriate for general education classroom settings.These learners may not have inclusion teachers or paraprofessionals to help implement behavior data or strategies.This requires us to use our ‘outside the box’ thinking in terms of data collection and interventions.Bonus: Check out the download file for user-friendly printable and digital data sheets!

    💎Today’s GEM:  Try using one of these data sheets to get objective behavior data as a starting point for behavior consult. Can also increase student motivation toward behavioral goals! 🎉


    ⏰ We have something to save you TIME this week! ⏰
    ‌Links:
    These printable and digital point charts (with numerical scores or emojis ☺️)  allow for user-friendly data collection for teachers and visual goal charts for students!
    Visual Goal Charts
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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

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Amazing

Wise women with wonderful, useful advice.

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I love listening!

I love listening to this podcast because these are two outstanding behaviorists who are currently in the field and are giving us advice on daily issues that they know are current. They know what it’s like to be in the classroom. Their advice is simple yet important and little changes in the classroom can make big improvements!

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PD that actually is useful

Love listening to these Podcasts. The information is actionable very easily in my classroom. I am so glad to have professional development that actually helps me grow as a professional!

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