Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Behaviors at School: Requesting at Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan

Does your student have behaviors at school that get in the way of his learning or the learning of others?
Does your student get suspended. sent home, or repeatedly put in “time out” because of behaviors at school? Is he/she missing instructional time because of this? Has the school contacted you about classroom issues? Are school bus behaviors a problem?

If so, the school should conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and write a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) to support your student. The FBA should be done across several settings. It determines the triggers, the problem behaviors, and what the student gains from the behavior. The FBA should also reveal if there are any patterns for the behavior, such as time of day, transitions, etc. A BIP is a customized plan that ensures that each behavior is dealt with consistently by all school personnel. If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the BIP becomes a legal part of the IEP and should be carefully designed by the Case Conference Committee, which includes you, the caregiver. All school personnel that interact with your child should be trained on the use of the BIP. An effective FBA/BIP can improve student behaviors if used consistently.
See the document below for more information.
Feel free to contact any of the agencies listed for additional support and information, including Family Voices Indiana, 844 F2F INFO info@fvindiana.org

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