Behavior

Including Data, Interventions, Organization, Schedules and Visuals

One on One Paraprofessionals

Deciding whether or not your student is a good fit for a dedicated paraprofessional is tricky. There are a lot of a things to consider when deciding if a dedicated paraprofessional is the right decision and then (depending on your district) you may need to go out and...

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Kids vs. Teachers {Group Behavior Management}

I am not going to lie to you but this intervention is kind of like waving a magic wand. I pull this game out of my ABA bag-o-tricks for group behavior management. When I first heard of this game from a professor in grad school, I was not initially won over at the...

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Keeping Teacher Notes Objective

Sometimes there are those awesome moments as teachers where we asked our opinion. Something so seemingly simple can make you feel like the kick-butt expert that you are. Yes. Someone should ask for my opinion. I am a source of important information. I do spend all day...

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Handling Student Aggression

Aggression is hands down the most critical, important, and time sensitive issue to deal with in your classroom. Because let’s be honest – it doesn’t matter how organized you are, what math curriculum you are using, how you are charting your data – if you are getting...

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Sometimes it Gets Worse Before it Gets Better

Want to know something crazy? When I implement a new intervention and a few days later, behaviors have gotten even worse, I get a little happy. No, I'm not a masicist and no, I'm not being mean to the child. I get a little happy because it means we are on the right...

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Is Your Data Misleading You?

Often times when we are attempting to gather information about a behavior we take data. One method of data collection, referred to as ABC (antecedent, behavior, and consequence) data, gives a descriptive account of what is occurring in the environment before and after...

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Behavior Contingency Maps

Some of these behavior interventions are confusing for us to understand so how the heck are our kids going to understand these contingencies? Visuals to the rescue! Behavioral Contingency Maps are a MUST-HAVE resources that will clearly & concretely...

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Multiply Controlled Behaviors

Life couldn’t be too easy. If everything fell neatly and nicely into one perfectly sized box, we wouldn’t be special ed teachers. Our kiddos are tricky little guys. And sometimes they are really smart. Their behaviors couldn’t be solely attention or escape – no, no,...

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Sensory Behaviors

The main way to target sensory behaviors is to see if you can think of an alternative response that is more appropriate. Some type of response that in some way meets those same sensory needs. Once you identify an alternative response, you need to teach and shape that...

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Escape Behaviors

Although I sometimes truly wish my school day could be filled with angry birds and dorito breaks – and that’s sadly what a good percentage of people think my days is filled with (sigh…) – we come to school to work. No fancy way of saying it and no if, ands, or...

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Attention Behaviors

Often attention behaviors occur when the student does not know the correct or appropriate way to ask for attention.  Teach appropriate ways to ask for attention. For nonverbal students, create a visual for attention. Use role playing and written scripts to...

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All About the Replacement Behavior

The absolute, must-not-forget, essential step to eliminating any problem behavior is to teach and reinforce the appropriate way to access the consequence the problem behavior once delivered. And even if you are nodding your head along with mean, thinking “amen honey...

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Behavior Definitions {what, why, & how}

So you have identified the problem behavior. What’s next? Just because you’ve picked the behavior you are targeting – doesn’t mean you have clearly defined it. Behavior is subjective. What I view as an instance of behavior may not be the same as what you view. You...

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Behavior Breakdown: Theme of the Month

I have been getting so many behavior emails lately that I decided to scrap my original plans for March and get a behavior train rolling. This is something I have talked a lot about on the blog and it's always an important topic. No matter what state your classroom is...

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Teaching the Skill of Imitation

Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well I say imitation is the building block to all learning. It's not as catchy but it's important. Imitation is so important it earned its right to have its own blog post amongst such uber important topics as IEP...

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Why “First, Then” Actually Works

If you've been in the sped world for a while, you've definitely uttered the infamous first, then phrase. First wash your hands, then we can eat our snack. Or sometimes it's something ridiculous that you thought you'd never say like first finish your work, then we can...

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Writing Good IEP Goals

Let's all zoom back in our time machines to undergrad when we learned the do's and don'ts of IEP writing. It seemed so straightforward that we couldn't ever imagine how someone could write an IEP goal the wrong way. We silently vowed to ourselves that we would ensure...

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