The behavioral needs of the students are addressed in a proactive method with input from a multi-disciplinary team. Students’ behaviors are examined in the context in which they occur and an attempt is made to interpret the function of the behaviors, particularly as they relate to attempts to communicate a need. As a guide, the use of structured classroom programs with visual supports, relaxation techniques, an emphasis on providing a means for appropriate communication, social skills lessons and a dignified respectful approach to student interactions will be utilized throughout the program to minimize problem behaviors. In the event that a student displays behaviors that are problematic, these behaviors will be targeted and a specific management program will be developed by the multi-disciplinary team.
Procedure for program development:
The Behavior Management System is designed to promote and reward positive student behavior. Students earn points for appropriate academic and social behavior. In addition, the system focuses on short-term, individual target behaviors for each student. Students are assessed at designated points throughout the school day. The program includes behavior levels, each with tangible and motivating rewards. By maintaining specific daily point criteria, the students are able to advance to higher levels, thus earning more privileges. Students also have the opportunity to purchase items at the school store with the points they have earned. The objective of the behavior management system is to increase appropriate student behavior through positive reinforcement, while providing consistent consequences for negative behaviors.
In the event that a student is unable to respond to the above techniques, creating an unsafe situation, a separate location designed to maintain health and safety is provided. The goal is always to re-engage the student in the instructional process as quickly as possible.