Kaye Otten, A Function-based Approach to MTSS Seminar

Multi-Tiered Systems of Behavior Support


A Function Based Thinking Approach to Multi-Tiered Systems of Behavior Support


Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) is a proactive model for supporting students in reaching their full potential and an alternative to reactive “wait to fail” approaches traditionally used by many school systems (Leach & Helf, 2016).  Function based thinking is behavioral science concept that is an integral component of a systemic multilevel models for prevention and intervention empowering all educators to provide behavior support more efficiently to all students by considering the purpose(s) challenging behaviors serve.  Educators can use this knowledge to guide responses rather than exclusively relying on traditional forms of “discipline” such as timeout and suspension programs that may inadvertently reinforce challenging behavior causing it to increase rather than decrease. Rather than staying stuck in the cycle of problem-punish-problem-punish with little to no success or looking for the new “magic solution” program or curriculum, schools need all educational staff to have a clear understanding of the underlying concepts of behavior science and use this knowledge to guide their responses at all tiers of support.  This session will focus on identifying these core components and clearing up some of the common confusion, misconceptions and obstacles to developing and implementing them.


Attendees will be able to:

Define and describe core components and critical concepts of incorporating function based thinking into multi-tiered systems of support.

Become familiar with common confusion, misconceptions and obstacles to developing and implement these core components and critical concepts and strategies for clarifying and overcoming them.


This webinar costs $50 to attend. 

Date and Time

October 29, 2021, 8:30 to 3:30, Lunch from 11:30 to 12:30

Format This is live, online training that will use Zoom Webinar.


About the presenter

Dr. Kaye Otten; PhD, BCBA

Kaye Otten, PresenterKaye Otten has a doctorate from The University of Kansas in special education with an emphasis in emotional, behavioral, and autism spectrum disorders and is a board certified behavior analyst specializing in school based services.  She provides collaborative coaching to school districts in developing evidence based multi-tiered systems of behavioral support and  serves as adjunct faculty with The Mandt System, an international leader in crisis prevention and intervention.  Kaye has over twenty-five of experience in public and private schools as a general and special educator and behavioral consultant and has experience working with all ages, ability levels, and disability categories.  She is the co-author of the book How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior:  Practical Ready-To-Use Strategies that Work  and the online professional development courses Managing Challenging Behavior: Part 1-Antecedent Strategies and Part 2-Consequence Strategies  provided by Exceptional Child of Vector Solutions.

E-mail:  kayeotten@mac.com