CoP ASD/DD Online Gathering
Recordings and Resources Available Below
All Behavior Matters: What counts as challenging behavior and for who?

Wisconsin Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities

All Behavior Matters: What Counts as Challenging Behavior and for Who?

May 24, 8:30am-12:00pm

This gathering has been moved to virtual only.

We have heard that all behavior matters and that all behavior is communication.
Yet we often get stuck when a behavior is labeled as challenging.
When we do this, we should dig deeper and determine who is challenged by the behavior:

– Is it challenging for the person exhibiting the behavior?
– Is it challenging for people in charge of a group?
– Is it challenging for people around the person?

At this gathering, participants will be given the opportunity to step back and examine how our own beliefs, training, and attitudes can lead to a behavior being classified as challenging.

Keynote — Betty McCluskey — All Behavior is Communication

Panel — Colleen McCluskey, Matt Welch, Kristin Helmers

General Resources -shared before the meeting


  • 8:30-9:00 Registration and light breakfast
  • 9:00-9:15  Welcome and share out
  • 9:15-10:15  Keynote: Betty McCluskey, MS, LPC
  • 10:15   Break
  • 10:30-11:00 Small group facilitated discussions (online and inperson)
  • 11:00-11:05  Break
  • 11:05-11:50  Lived Experience Panel: Colleen McCluskey, Matt Welch, Videos and more!
  • 11:50-12:00  Closing

This event is free. CEUs are not available but we can provide certificates of attendance upon request.

This day is a partnership with CESA #1, Supporting Neurodiverse Students and the Waisman Center’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program. The purpose of the Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD) gatherings is to bring together diverse stakeholders from across the state.  The CoP ASD/DD aims to improve the formal and informal systems of services and supports for individuals with ASD/DD, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

The Southern Regional Center (SRC) for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs partners with the Wisconsin LEND program in supporting the CoP ASD/DD. The SRC  tries to help families, and the professionals who support them, through providing current resources, news articles, interesting items and more. Please feel free to visit home page . We regularly post this content and more on our Facebook page. We send out a Resource Round-up on most Fridays (send an email with Weekly Resource Round-up in the Subject Line to to join).

Finding Your Way: A Navigation Guide for Wisconsin Families Who Have Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities is available as a website, as a downloadable .pdf, and you can order print copies from



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