ASpire’s next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Heartland AEA office (511 S. 17th St.) in Ames.

In recognition of April being Autism Awareness Month, the topic will be "Breaking Through Challenging Behavior." Our special guest speaker will be Dr. Sean Casey, PhD, BCBA, from the State of Iowa Department of Education.

Casey is the challenging behavior and autism consultant with the Iowa Dept of Education, and he will help educators and parents gain an understanding of functional behavior assessment and how its application can break the cycle of challenging behavior for students. A functional behavior assessment is a systematic set of strategies that is used to determine the underlying purpose of a behavior, so that an effective intervention plan can be developed.

ASPIRE is a parent-led support group for parents, educators and professionals who have or work with children who have special needs. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Jamie Gurganus at jgurganus@heartlandaea.org or 515-232-7583. Also, find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/189547547905287/.