All behavior happens for a reason. For some individuals with disabilities, behavior may be the only way they know how to communicate a need or frustration. When challenging behavior interferes with the learning process, it must be addressed. Merely interrupting these behaviors is not enough. Special education law allows for an evaluation to determine why the behavior is happening and the development of a plan to teach alternative behaviors.
Michigan Alliance for Families is available to help. Contact us with questions. Check out our calendar of upcoming events. Our free Webinars are available for viewing at any time. We also have a series of webpages to help understand behavior:
Accommodations/Modifications Sometimes an accommodation or modification to the classroom or the curriculum is the solution to a challenging behavior
Behavior Intervention Plan A written plan that identifies problem behaviors and how they will be addressed.
Behavior is Communication All behavior happens for a reason, but why?
Bullying Definitions, actions to take, specific protections for students with disabilities.
Discipline Covering discipline, suspension, expulsion, manifestation determination review.
Functional Behavior Assessment/Analysis A process for collecting data and analyzing the function of (ie- the reason why) a challenging behavior is occurring.
Positive Behavior Supports An approach to addressing challenging behaviors that teaches positive behavior skills rather than just using punishment.
Seclusion and Restraint When school personnel tie down, pin down, and confine children to locked rooms or boxes.
School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports A building-wide initiative to support all students in school.