Behavior Management and School-Related Behavior Problems

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ISSN: 1538-320
February 1, 2011

If your child's behavior prevents him or other children from learning, the IEP team should consider positive behavioral interventions, supports, and other strategies to change his behavior.

If you are dealing with behavior or discipline issues, you need to learn about functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, we answer questions about what the law requires schools to do for children with behavior problems and provide you with information and resources about FBAs and BIPs.

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New Article! Behavior Management and Appropriate School Response

Mike's behavior problems are escalating. There is a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) in place for Mike, but the school is not following the plan. His parents are extremely frustrated with the school's response to Mike's behavior problems.

The purpose of a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) is to identify behaviors that interfere with the ability to learn and participate in the general curriculum.

A BIP defines the intervention by school personnel regarding certain targeted behavior and should not be artificially limited in scope.

What does a BIP look like? Read Behavior Management and Appropriate School Response: FBAs, BIPs, & IEEs by Angela Ciolfi and William Reichhardt.


Help! Schools Arresting Kids for Minor Behaviors

When a child with a disability is arrested for school-related behavior, this is an excellent opportunity to use the power of the juvenile court to force the school district to implement a good plan for the child - and have the Court monitor the school's progress.

In What to Do When Schools Have Children Arrested for School-Related Behaviors, Pete Wright offers strategies to turn this negative experience into a positive outcome for the child.

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IDEA 2004: Disciplining Children with Disabilities

The law, federal regulations, and commentary describe what IEP teams must do when a child's behavior "impedes the child's learning or the learning of other children."

The discipline statute in IDEA allows school personnel to suspend children with disabilities for up to 10 days for violations of a student code of conduct and to place children in interim alternative educational settings.

You will find the discipline statute in Section 1415(k) of IDEA and the federal regulations about discipline in C.F.R. 300.530. (See Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, pages 118-123; pages 264-268)


FBAs: Why? What? When? Where? Who?

Why do Functional Behavioral Assessments? An FBA identifies the purpose a behavior serves for a child - what causes the behavior. Without this information, interventions are likely to be inappropriate and ineffective.

In Functional Behavioral Assessments, Dr. Stephen Starin describes problem behaviors, functional behavior assessments, environmental manipulation, and qualifications and training of evaluators. 

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