Behavior Plans

It has been an eventful couple of weeks.  G is having substantial behavior problems in school both in getting physical with kids and by not complying with requests from his teacher.  We think illness is the trigger this time around.  Last week he had a really bad day then 2 days later he came down with a doozy of a cold that kept him out of school for a couple days.  This week, supposedly recovered from his cold, he had 2 bad days in a row and then at the end of the second day he started screaming that his ear was hurting.  Sure enough, he had an ear infection.  We kept him out of school another day to give the antibiotics time to kick in.

All of this prompted a meeting of the team to develop a behavior plan for G.  It was actually a very positive meeting, no one was looking at us like we were bad parents or that G is a bad kid.  The first thing is when he has a day where he seems to be out of control they’ll check him over and try to get him to identify any physical problems.  Then we worked toward developing strategies to encourage positive behavior like a token system to earn computer time.  He’ll also get tickets that say something like “I had a good day” to give us and we’ll reward him at home for an infraction-free day.  Negative consequences occur only in school so home becomes a clean slate and he can regroup for the next day.  Consequences include going to the principal’s office any time he hits (she’s nice, I’m very comfortable with this) and sitting out of group activities in an unstimulating way until he’s willing to participate and cooperate.  Unstimulating because  last week they had him sit out in a corner that had a large map and he occupied himself for quite awhile by identifying all the states and plotting various trips.  The map has been removed.

I googled behavior intervention plans to prepare for our meeting and wish I hadn’t.  I found all kinds of articles on seclusion rooms and abusive restraint that scared the heck out of me.  I asked what their policies on handling out of control kids are and they have a no-touching policy that I found reassuring.  I am realizing how incredibly lucky we are with our school this year.  Now if we can just get G healthy and back on track!

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  1. I am glad your meeting went well. It is important that the team working with your child focus on positive behavioral supports – including looking at the functions of behavior ( ie the “why” behind the behavior – like escape or attention seeking) and developing a functioning equivalent replacement behavior that serves the same purpose. These things, in addition to the token economy can make a terrific change for your son. A great resource on this approach can be the PENT website http://www.pent.ca.gov/

    best of luck to you and your child.


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