Challenging behavior is not just frustrating; it can have serious negative effects for educators, students, and family members. Challenging behavior can be disruptive, interfere with teaching and learning, and lead to punishment and changes in class or school placements. It’s not just a problem for one student. The whole class can feel the effects and miss out on learning opportunities.
There are three functions of challenging behavior: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and sensory stimulation and regulation. Predictable chains of antecedents, behavior, and consequences help identify the function. A set of techniques called Positive Behavior Intervention Plans can make a real difference. Teaching students what to do instead of the challenging behavior and making sure there are supports in place for the new, appropriate behavior can lead to improvements.
What PBIPs Include
Positive behavior intervention plans should identify strategies to increase appropriate behavior and decrease challenging behavior. Most plans include the following information:
Here are some tips or recommended practices for implementing effective positive behavior intervention plans:
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