Danielle Gonyea is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, licensed Special Education Teacher, and co-founder of Navigating Behavior Change. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Vermont. Danielle attended the Florida Institute of Technology where she completed certification as a Behavior Analyst. Danielle started her educational journey as a paraprofessional many years ago. She fell in love with the population of students who many deemed “too dangerous” or “difficult to connect with.” She quickly began her teaching career which eventually lead her into the consulting field. Much like her counterpart Amanda, the children with whom Danielle primarily works experience significant mental health disorders, anxiety, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. Current emphases of her work include trauma-informed practice, classroom transformations, and organizational behavior management (OBM).

Presentation Details:

A Risk Vs. Benefit Analysis of Common Classroom Responses to Challenging Behavior  (1.0 CEU)

Thursday February 10, 2022 from 7:00-8:00 PM EST

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the purpose of a risk vs. benefit analysis.

2. Describe potential harmful effects of three common responses to behavior. 

3. Identify at least one alternative to each of the three common responses to behavior.


Given the prevalence of trauma, many common classroom responses to behavior can inadvertently cause more harm than good. This presentation will outline how to consider the appropriateness of an intervention given student history, as well as suggest alternatives to lessen their potential negative impact.