Don’t Let Challenging Behavior Stand in the Way of Learning

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Let Rethink Behavior Support help!

This month we were thrilled to announce the launch of Behavior Support, a comprehensive tool designed to help you successfully address challenging behaviors in the classroom. Fully integrated with our ABA-based curriculum, automated data collection system, and progress reporting, Behavior Support provides you with everything you need to decrease challenging behaviors and increase student learning!

We have significantly expanded our original behavior tracking tool to include tons of new resources, all organized under the following categories:

  • Learn:

    Start by visiting the learn section of Behavior Support to access research-based training videos and articles on best-practice strategies for providing behavior support.

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This section  is broken up into the six best-practice steps for developing behavior intervention plans:  define behavior, determine function, select antecedent strategies, select consequence strategies, track progress, and evaluate plan, each step including its own selection of educational and informative resources.

 

 

 

    Select any of the six steps to:

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  • Create:

    Once you have explored the Learn section, visit the Create tab to start building your student’s behavior plan!

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Just like the learn tab, the create tab is broken up into the six best-practice steps for developing behavior intervention plans:  define behavior, determine function, select antecedent strategies, select consequence strategies, track progress, and evaluate plan.  The create tab will walk you through each of these six steps of building your plan.

   Use the six steps to:

  • Step 1:  Define Behavior

When you arrive at the create tab for the first time, you will be in step 1.  To begin building your plan you will begin by selecting the add new behavior button.Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 2.18.16 PM

This button will open up a form to fill out where you can define the behavior, select a method for data collection, and create your first plan.

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Once a behavior is defined, you can now go to Data Express to begin recording Baseline and ABC data.

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  • Step 2:  Determine Function

Once you have completed step 1 and finished taking ABC and Baseline data, you can go to step 2 to determine the function of the behavior.

If you have taken ABC and Baseline data this information will be pre-populated into the form; if you have not, the form will be open and fillable.

To determine the function you will want to select the “edit” button beneath the form in step 2 for the behavior.

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You can then select a function (or functions) from the function drop down and then select “save edits.”  You are now ready to continue to Step 3!

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  • Step 3:  Now that you have determined the function of the behavior, you can begin selecting function-based antecedent strategies for teaching replacement and adaptive skills.  You can select Replacement Skills to see a list of function-based strategies to add to your plan.  These will come from our lesson library and will also be added to your learning plan.  Don’t see what you are looking for?  You can also search our entire lesson library and add custom strategies of your own or check out the “other proactive strategies” category!

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  • Step 4:  You are now ready to add consequence strategies to your plan.  Adding consequence strategies works in much the same way as adding antecedent strategies.  You can select to add consequence strategies for problem behaviors and appropriate behaviors.  Strategies for problem behaviors will be function-based, while those for appropriate behaviors will not be.  Remember that when adding consequence strategies, these do not come from the lesson library, so if you’d like to further specify how these strategies will be implemented, use the notes feature next to each strategy.

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  • Step 5: You are just about ready to start teaching!  All you need to do is complete step 5 by setting up your goal and objectives and you will be ready to begin teaching and start recording data.  When you arrive at step 5 for the behavior,  if you have already recorded baseline, the baseline summary will be prepopulated the “from” field of the goal.  You can then type in your goal for the behavior and objectives will automatically populate for you according to the student’s baseline and goal.  If you don’t want to record data by objectives, select to just record data by goal and the objectives will disappear.

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  • Step 6:  The last step to creating your behavior support plan is setting a plan review date where you will evaluate the effectiveness of your plan.  When a plan is first created in step 1 the system will automatically set the plan review date for 30 days in the future.  When you go into step 6, simply select the edit button to set a custom plan review date and determine who will be responsible for implementing the plan and collecting data.

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On the day the plan review is up, the system will prompt you to review your plan, at which point you will either make changes to the plan and start a new plan, or review your plan and set a new review date.

 

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  • View Plan

Once you have created your behavior support plan you can take a look at all of the hard work you have done under the View Tab.  Here your behavior support plans will be available for easy reference, printing, and collaboration and communication amongst your team.  Once View Plan is selected, you will see a list of all your behavior support plans, with options to record data, add behavior updates, or print data sheets.

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Select the behavior name to see a list of all behavior plans created for that behavior.  Your plan will include all information added in the steps and any pertinent data related to the behavior (ie. baseline summary).

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  • Materials 

Now that your behavior plan is created, it’s time to start accessing some materials to support you as you begin to implement the plan.  The materials tab includes hundreds of printable materials linked to recommended strategies, from visual cues to schedules, as well as guides and manuals for how to use the behavior support tool!

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Don’t forget that creating a behavior support plan is a process – one of learning, practicing, an evaluating.  If you feel overwhelmed, start in the learn tab by watching videos and looking at examples.  As you feel more confident, move to the create tab and work on setting up one behavior, one step at a time.  And if you ever get stuck, reach out to us!  We are always happy to hear from you, whether it be to answer questions or get your feedback!  Just send us an email at info@rethinkfirst.com!

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