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    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hyannis Resort Conference Center 35 Scudder Ave. Hyannis, MA 02601

    Presented by: Stephanie E. Livesay

    Stephanie Livesay attained her B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She then received her M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from Towson University in Maryland. She worked in public education for nineteen years, seventeen of which were as a School Psychologist in Maryland Public Schools before joining WPS as an Assessment Consultant. In addition to being a school psychologist, she has been active in her national, state, and local associations. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and as NASP Delegate for Maryland. She has also served on the Board of the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association as President, Legislative Chairperson, Newsletter Editor, Program Co-chairperson, and several other roles. She was a member of the Legislative Committee for both the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and the Howard County Education Association (HCEA). She also served as a Board of Directors member for HCEA and on the negotiations committee. During the 2013/2014 school year, she was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Special Education Access and Equity as a representative of the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association. She has an interest in leadership development and strategic planning for organizations, and she took part in the development of the current and previous strategic plan for NASP. She has been presented the MSPA Presidential Award for her service to MSPA and school psychology in Maryland on four occasions (2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008).

    Description of Presentation:

    This workshop informs participants on using standardized assessment tools to evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Following an overview of DSM-5 criteria for ASD, best practices for how to use a variety of currently available assessment tools as part of a diagnostic evaluation for ASD will be described, including the MIGDAS-2, CARS2, SRS-2, and ABAS-3. Use of an online evaluation system incorporating these tools will be demonstrated, including guidance in how to use online features to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the assessment process, improve report writing, and facilitate intervention planning.

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Barn at Hampshire College, 893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002 Directions at:

    Struggling Learners: Tier Two Strategies Specifically for ADHD, LD, ODD, and ASD

    The Western MA Chapter of MSPA fall conference is focused on supporting struggling learners at Tier 2 in the classroom. This presentation begins with the ten precepts that govern behavior as these are true for all learners. Afterward, we will focus on specific strategies for students with ADHD, LD, ODD, and ASD.  We will look at these interventions in the context of a competing pathway chart. To make a behavioral intervention we need three strands after the summary statement. The three strands are called the Triple R: 1) Revise the environment to set the student up for success, 2) Replace the behavior by teaching a replacement behavior and 3) Reframing our own response so we feed the replacement behavior and extinguish the target behavior. 


    To help attendees understand what governs behavior and how to implement a successful intervention in any setting. 

    • Participants will leave with a surefire technique to get family members to assist in implementing an intervention plan.
    •  Participants will understand how long an intervention must be implemented with consistency and fidelity before we can expect a change.
    •  Participants will understand what students are trying to gain and escape by engaging in behaviors.
    • Participants will learn specific strategies for students with ADHD, LD, ODD, and ASD. Each of these interventions will be tied into the Triple R of a competing pathway chart.
    • Participants will be able to fill in a competing pathway chart for a student with ADHD, LD, ODD, and/or ASD
    • Participants will be able to identify core concepts of behavior and what they really mean. For instance, everyone has heard, “Behavior is learned and it serves a specific purpose”…but what does that mean in a school setting?
    • Participants will be able to identify functions of behavior and how to address those functions through a competing pathway chart.
    • Participants will be able to identify differences between males and females and how that might affect identification of ADHD in males more than females.
    • Participants will be able to name interventions for ADHD, LD, ODD, and ASD based on real stories learned through this presentation. The real examples will be relevant to their setting and situations.

    Presenter Bio 

    Laura Riffel, PhD: Dr. Riffel has taught every grade in Pre-K-Adult in general and special education. She ran a day clinic and statewide project on behavioral interventions and supports in the state of Georgia. She was also an adjunct professor at Georgia State University teaching Applied Behavior Analysis for Classroom Teachers. She also ran from 1998-2012 when she retired.

    Dr. Riffel and her family fell in love with a young man she worked with at the University of Kansas. His name was Jay and he had autism, bipolar condition, obsessive compulsive disorder, intellectual disabilities, and mild cerebral palsy.  He wanted to live in his own home like his sisters. Dr. Riffel and her husband had the privilege of living with Jay for almost a decade as his housemates. Unfortunately, on January 7, 2009 Jay passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest.  His last day was like any other.  Tom went in his bedroom and together they picked out an outfit for the day. This was laid out on the bed. Tom asked Jay what he wanted for breakfast. Jay replied, “waffles”.  Tom said, “Okay, go ahead and get in the bathroom and get ready. Reagan will be here in a bit to help you with your shower.  I’ll go make your waffles.”  Reagan arrived just as soon as Tom walked in the kitchen.  By the time she reached the bathroom, Jay was gone.  Twice a year, the entire Riffel family has waffles in Jay’s honor.  His birthday, June 24 and the anniversary of his death January 7.  In Jay’s honor, we encourage you to pick a day and have waffles.   

    Accommodations & Other Information

    The Red Barn is handicap accessible and arrangements can be made to provide necessary accommodations.

    A lunch is served. Please email any needed accommodations or dietary restrictions to PRIOR to the workshop.

    Payment Information

    For those wishing to pay by purchase order, please complete registration, print the invoice, and mail invoice and district purchase order at least one week PRIOR to the conference to:

    MSPA-West, P.O. Box 149, Belchertown, MA 01007


     PO materials can be emailed to Rob Santiago at, again at least one week PRIOR to the conference.

    For those wishing to pay by check, please complete the registration form, print the invoice, and mail check made out to MSPA at least one week PRIOR to the conference to:

    MSPA-West, P.O. Box 149, Belchertown, MA 01007

    Continuing Education Policy

    The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer contact hours. The DESE requires the completion of a pre-test, which is to be completed prior to the workshop start time. A post-test is also required and will be given at the end of the workshop. Participants must attend the ENTIRE CONFERENCE and satisfy state regulations in order to receive contact hours. Each participant is responsible for knowing and meeting the DESE licensure requirements.

    CE HOURS: The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to sponsor continuing education (CE) for psychologists. In keeping with NASP requirements, these are awarded in contact hours only. CE hours will be awarded at the close of the workshop.  MSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Arriving more than 15 minutes late or failing to stay for the entire program will result in the inability to obtain a PD certificate. Certificates will only be distributed at the conclusion of the program.

Past Events

11 May 2018 MSPA Casino Night
11 May 2018 MSPA Spring Conference: Interventions to Support the Whole Child
06 Apr 2018 MSPA Western MA Chapter Spring Conference 2018: Social Emotional Assessment and Learning - Supporting Individual and School Wide Efforts
15 Mar 2018 The Refugee/Immigrant Experience
05 Mar 2018 Using Standardized Assessment Tools to Evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorder
09 Jan 2018 Mock Interviews
12 Dec 2017 MSPA Western MA Holiday Get Together
16 Nov 2017 MSPA Western MA Chapter Fall Conference 2017: Working with Students with Autism in Schools
27 Oct 2017 MSPA Fall Conference 2017: Advanced Interpretation of the WISC-5 and WIAT-3/ LD Identification, Legally Defensible Reports & Expert Testimony for the Savvy School Psychologist
12 May 2017 MSPA Student Spring Social Event
12 May 2017 MSPA Spring Conference: Education as a Civil Right for All: Implications for Professional Practice
25 Apr 2017 PBIS and SEL: Addressing Complex Group and Individual Student Issues at Tiers 2 and 3 (Western MA Workshop Series - #4)
20 Apr 2017 MSPA Statehouse Visit
11 Apr 2017 Massachusetts School Psychology Association (MSPA) Bilingual School Psychologist Meet-up
07 Apr 2017 MSPA Cape and Islands, Ethics: A Real World Approach to Real World Challenges!
28 Mar 2017 PBIS and SEL: Addressing Systems Level Implementation and Tier 1 Issues (Western MA Workshop Series - #3)
21 Mar 2017 MSPA PIZZA AND PD: Understanding and Supporting Gender Diversity in School
10 Jan 2017 Massachusetts School Psychology Association (MSPA) Bilingual School Psychologist Meet-up
10 Jan 2017 MSPA Event: Mock Job Interviews
18 Nov 2016 Cross-Battery Assessment, SLD Determination, and the Assessment-Intervention Connection
18 Nov 2016 MSPA Cape and Islands Advanced Interpretation of the WISC-V & WIAT-III LD Identification
08 Nov 2016 MSPA Bilingual School Psychologist Meet-up
28 Oct 2016 MSPA FALL CONFERENCE: Brief Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools: A Toolbox of Practical Techniques
25 Oct 2016 Proactive Efforts to Reduce the Stress of Ethical Decision-Making In Practice (Western MA Workshop Series - #2)
06 Oct 2016 PIZZA and PD: Executive Function in the Everyday Context: The Evidence for Assessment and Intervention
27 Sep 2016 Advanced Interpretation of the WISC-5 and WIAT-3/ LD Identification (Western MA Workshop Series - #1)
13 May 2016 MSPA Casino Night
13 May 2016 Supporting Student Behavior at School: Strategies that Work
12 May 2016 Wine and Cheese Social and Book Talk
26 Apr 2016 MSPA-West MA Workshop IV: Tier 3 - Supporting Individual Students (Series: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Social Emotional Learning Curricula in Schools)
22 Mar 2016 MSPA-West MA Workshop III: Tier 2 - Check-In/Check-Out and Small Group Support (Series: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Social Emotional Learning Curricula in Schools)
06 Nov 2015 MSPA-West MA Fall Conference: Executive Functioning Interventions for a Changing Child and Adolescent Brain
20 Oct 2015 MSPA-West MA Workshop II: Tier 1 -Classroom Support (Series: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Social Emotional Learning Curricula in Schools)
09 Oct 2015 Assessment of Child and Adolescent Behavioral and Emotional Problems and Risk with the BASC-3
22 Sep 2015 MSPA-West MA Workshop I: Tier 1 - School Wide Support Overview (Series: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Social Emotional Learning Curricula in Schools)
15 May 2015 MSPA Spring Conference: The Woodcock-Johnson IV
14 May 2015 MSPA Wine and Cheese Social, Student Presentations, Gallery Walk, and Book Talk
28 Apr 2015 Extending Positive Behavior Support to the Home for Behaviorally Vulnerable Youth
24 Mar 2015 Best Practices in Tier II Reading Instruction
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