Behavior Contingency Maps

Categories: Interventions | Visuals

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 explain any behavioral intervention to your kids. 

What are behavior contingency maps? Contingency behavior maps show a visual representation of engaging in appropriate and inappropriate behaviors and the consequences the behaviors result in. These maps are an ABA based intervention and follow the ABC pattern of behavior (antecedent, behavior, consequence). First the antecedent (or environmental trigger) is depicted, then the appropriate and inappropriate behavior options, and finally the consequence for each response. The two paths depict the two choices the individual can make regard his/her behavior.

Why are they effective? Using visuals is essential so students can understand the behavior map. The visual maps are especially useful for early childhood students and students with special needs who have low receptive language. Contingency maps are effective because they illustrate in a concrete way the results of both the desired and undesired behavior.

How do you use behavior maps? Contingency maps can be used in a few different ways. It is important to teach the strategy. Review the behavior map and discuss the consequence for each series of behaviors. Practice the strategy. Go through each path and model the responses and consequences. Utilize the behavior map in the situation the behaviors commonly occur. If the behavior typically occurs during circle time, anticipate and prevent the behavior. Pull out the behavior map at the start of circle time and review the behavior paths and consequences. Keep the behavior contingency map present and visible throughout the day to provide an extra reminder for students.

Included in this resource are 25 pre-made behavior contingency maps for common classroom problems such as Keeping Your Hands to Yourself, Losing a Game, Raising Your Hand, Finishing Your Work, and much more. This are ready to print and use! 

BUT since every child and every classroom is different, there is also an interactive behavior mapthat you can individualize for any scenario! All options can be velcroed and moved around! Included are over 60 options for behaviors and reinforcers!


  1. Would you please send info to my email so I can share with my department and principal?

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  3. I am in need of strategies and interventions for nonverbal autistic children.

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