In this episode I talk about how we can prevent behaviors problems from happening in the first place. In episode 6, I talked about the foundations of how challenging behavior develops and maintains. I also focused in on the importance of looking at the function of behavior to determine how to treat it.
But one of the wonderful things about this approach to behavior is that you can put strategies in place to prevent challenging behavior. When you focus on the form of behavior, you have to wait til it happens to respond to it to change it. But when you focus on the function of the behavior, then you can do tons of things to prevent the behavior from happening. And your teaching can be more effective because you can teach replacement skills when the student is not in crisis.
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set up the classroom to prevent behavior problems first
I talked in the last episode briefly about the need to assess challenging behavior to determine the function. But before we start that process, we can always put classroom strategies in place to prevent behaviors from happening at all. So for today, let's focus on how we set up a behaviorally supportive classroom that prevents challenging behaviors from happening.
Once you have these strategies in place, then you'll see who in the classroom needs more intensive assessment and intervention. This way if all your students are struggling with behavior, these strategies may take care of some of them making it more feasible to do good functional assessments on the remaining issues. We'll talk about that process in future episodes.
We should differentiate instruction of appropriate behavior the same as we differentiate academic instruction. #pbis #challengingbehavior
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episode 7: using behaviorally supportive classroom to prevent behavior problems
There are 6 fundamental strategies you should have in place in every classroom to support appropriate behavior. For many students these strategies can prevent challenging behavior from happening or prevent it from escalating to the point where you need a full functional assessment and individual behavior plan. As I note in the episode, if I walk into a classroom of 10 students and the teacher says 9 of them need FBAs, then we might want to look at the classroom first to see if there are changes we can make across the board.
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