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Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation to hold training sessions at Brentwood Campus of Long Island University Nov. 9 & 16


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Brentwood,
Long Island University

Brentwood, N.Y. - The Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation, a not-for-profit organization striving to make a difference in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, in conjunction with C. W. Post's Center for Community Inclusion, will hold two free training sessions at the Brentwood Campus of Long Island University for families of children with developmental disabilities and professionals and students in the field of developmental disabilities.

The sessions, “Functional Behavior Assessment” and “Positive Behavior Supports,” will provide practical strategies for assessing problem behavior and developing an appropriate intervention. John Innis M.A., an autism behavior consultant, will lead the training.

"Functional Behavior Assessment" examines ways to determine why children with developmental disabilities sometimes engage in challenging behavior as well situations that are likely to trigger the behaviors. This session will be held Tuesday, November 9, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"Positive Behavior Supports" helps parents and caregivers develop an intervention program that will prevent problem behaviors from occurring while teaching the child more appropriate responses. This session will be held Tuesday, November 16, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"These free workshops provide Long Island University students, educators and families with an opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art interventions to address problem behaviors within school and home settings," said Cathy Hoffman of the DSAF. The training sessions are being funded by the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Service Office.

The Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded by a group of individuals who have children or family members with Down syndrome, dedicated to ensuring that individuals with Down syndrome have equal access to schools, leisure activities, employment and housing.

The training sessions are free and open to the public, but due to space limitations, prior registration is required. To RSVP, call (516) 983-7008 or e-mail For more information, visit

The Brentwood Campus is located at 100 Second Avenue in Brentwood.

Posted 11/28/2010

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