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Video:What Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?

with Christina Gavenda

A Behavior Intervention Plans help identify patterns and triggers of a child's bad behavior. Watch this video from About.com to learn more about Behavior Intervention Plans and how they can implemented to help your child.See Transcript

Transcript:What Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?

Hi, I’m Christina Gavenda with About.com, and today I’ll be talking about Behavioral Intervention Plans.

Behavioral Intervention Plan Identify Habitual Problems

A Behavioral Intervention Plan is a concrete plan to help child change his or her behavior. First the parents and school staff must address recurrent problem areas, and then they must isolate the possible triggers and reactions which are creating the problem behaviors. This is often done with the use of a Functional Behavioral Assessment. While creating a Behavior Intervention Plan the goal is to assist and encourage the whole child, not only the problem behaviors.

How to Instill Behavioral Changes

Discipline does not come naturally to every child, and in many cases it is helpful to offer coping strategies to help the child progress into more positive behavior patterns. Patience and encouragement work hand in hand with negative reinforcement in order to produce lasting change. During planned meetings, it is important that each member of the team has a voice, including the child. The parent, teacher, and child should each be given a chance to speak.

Start by describing the effects of the negative behavior. When the negative effects have been examined and explained to the child, it is time to discuss more positive behaviors to implement. Describe possible scenarios where the child may be tempted to act out, and develop coping strategies using careful consideration of the child’s point of view. During future meetings, if the coping strategies were unsuccessful, examine what went wrong from the child’s point of view in order to form new coping strategies. To Put the Behavior Intervention Plan into practice, the parent, teacher and child should should meet regularly to discuss the progress of the child.

Positivity is Necessary in Behavioral Intervention Plans

The key to success of a behavior intervention plan is largely based on a positive outlook. These meetings should not focus on discipline, but should offer support and attention to the needs of those involved. It is imperative that the child knows that these meetings aim to improve their quality of life, as well as helping those around them. A successful Behavior Intervention plan will be strength-based. A written Behavior Intervention Plan may be given to teachers, parents and caregivers, in order that the child experiences consistent responses to negative and positive behaviors. The child should be made to feel that the support team is there to help them, and the support team must faithfully adhere to the Behavior Intervention Plan.

Helpful coping strategies and consequences which may be incorporated into a Behavior Intervention Plan include: Consistent ignoring of attention seeking behaviors Rewards given to the child for appropriate behaviors Changing the environment of the child Frequent one-on-one encouragement from an adult Extra adult aid to the child during behavioral incidents While practicing the Behavior Intervention Plan, relapses and slip ups are likely to occur. The key to maintaining a positive atmosphere is establishing frequent meetings to address these concerns before they become repetitive.

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