• Behavior Specialists are trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques, classroom management strategies, individual positive behavior intervention plan (PBIP) development, data collection techniques, discrete-trial training, and strategies for positive behavior support. Collier County Public Schools currently employs, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Behavior Specialists School Psychologists to provide these services.

    Behavioral Specialists are available to provide services at cluster school sites for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (E/BD) who demonstrate behaviors, which significantly impede their learning. These specialists work collaboratively with mental health counselors, educators, administrators, other school personnel and families to ensure that students with severe behavior difficulties receive effective interventions. To promote student growth direct observations and measurement of behaviors occur in the classroom and other educational settings. By looking at the data, Behavior Specialists assist the Individual Education Planning (IEP) team in designing interventions, which will result in increased student achievement. 

    The District offers a continuum of supports in including self-contained, special class programs for students with more Intensive Behavioral Interventions (IBI). IBI special class programs are located throughout the district in neighborhood schools and provide very small group or 1:1 intervention, continuous individual assistance, monitoring or intervention for physical safety and self-care Continuous use of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) principles and techniques.

    District Contacts
     Sonja Samek, Exceptional Student Education- Coordinator
    (Emotional/Behavioral Disability)
    (239) 377-4779

    Britten Sallee
    District Behavior Analyst / Management Specialist
    (239) 377-0128