Conscious Discipline: Behavior Starts with the Brain

Hearts for Hearing has adapted Conscious Discipline’s neurodevelopmental brain-state model to coach parents and professionals equipping them with brain-based tools to help children build self-regulation and executive skills for greater performance in listening and spoken language in therapy, audiology, the classroom, and at home.


Course Code:   CPE21H4H

Course Information

This event is offered through Remote Access (live and online) or through Digital Access (recording). It runs 9am-12pm on Tuesday 8 June.

Supporting listening and spoken language is most effective when a child is engaged and cooperative, but when a child becomes upset, professionals can feel powerless to achieve desired outcomes. Conscious Discipline is “a trauma informed, brain-based self-regulation program combining discipline, social-emotional learning and school climate into one integrated practice.” Hearts for Hearing has adapted the Conscious Discipline approach to coach parents and professionals to help children build self-regulation and executive skills for greater performance in the therapy room, the audiology office, the classroom, and at home. During our workshop, we will explain Conscious Discipline’s three-level neurodevelopmental brain-state model. We will provide tools for parents and professionals to build safety at the level of the brainstem, connection at the level of the limbic system, and problem solving at the level of the prefrontal cortex. By identifying the level of the brain at which a child is operating and accessing level specific tools, we provide children a foundation of safety and connection that supports function in the highest level of the brain where they are able to access executive skills to learn listening and spoken language. Within this culture of safety, connection, and problem-solving, 1) discipline issues are transformed into opportunities to teach children social-emotional and communication skills; 2) children are engaged in therapy sessions and meeting listening and language goals, cooperative in audiology appointments to obtain accurate information about their hearing and prepared for success in the mainstream classroom; and 3) parents are equipped to support listening and spoken language at home.

Learning Objectives: Participants in this events will be able to:

  • Identify the 3 brain states and how they relate to behavior.
  • Identify tools to create an environment of safety, connection, and problem solving.
  • Apply tools of Conscious Discipline into auditory-verbal therapy and audiology, as well as, the classroom, and the home.

AG Bell Academy accreditation is pending.

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This event addresses the following Standards from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.3.2, 1.4.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2, 2.6.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 3.6.2, 4.1.2, 4.4.2, 4.5.2, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 5.3.2, 5.4.2, 6.2.2, 6.2.6, 6.3.2, 6.4.2, 7.4.2. It fits within the Priority Area of Children/ Student with Disabilities. This event is evidence and research based.


  • Joanna Trimble Smith
    Joanna Trimble Smith
    Joanna Trimble Smith is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hearts for Hearing, whose mission is to create life-changing opportunities for children and adults with hearing loss to listen for a lifetime. Joanna graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and as a speech-language pathologist, she has spent 43 years improving the lives of children and adults with hearing loss or communication delays. Ms. Smith was the Executive Director of the Hearing Enrichment Language Program before co-founding Hearts for Hearing in 2003. The organization has grown from 18 employees to over 90 in 2020 and the unique service delivery model has significantly improved the listening and spoken language outcomes for children and adults with hearing loss.  Ms. Smith is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certified as an Auditory Verbal Therapist and has been recognized by the Oklahoma Speech Language Hearing Association with the Gwen Cacy Award for outstanding clinical skills.
  • Jennifer Boyd
    Jennifer Boyd
    Jennifer B. Boyd, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a speech-language pathologist, mentor, and consultant specializing in supporting families and professionals who are pursuing listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss. Jennifer’s background includes working as a full-time clinician at Hearts for Hearing for over 7 years where she worked on a collaborative team, provided auditory-verbal therapy, and facilitated a Parent-Toddler Program. Jennifer initiated and implemented Conscious Discipline across the clinic to support wellness and development of social-emotional communication skills.
  • Helen Carter
    Helen Carter
    Helen Carter, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma. She provides auditory-verbal therapy and collaborates with audiologists to obtain behavioral assessment of auditory function. Helen also teaches the preschool program preparing children for the mainstream classroom. She is a former early childhood educator. It was in the classroom that she was first introduced to Conscious Discipline.





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