MAINTAINING SANITY IN THE MIDST OF NEGATIVE BEHAVIOR
If it is well established that all behavior is a form of communication that does not always translate easily and can be quite obscure. Why is it then that behavior frequently can send otherwise rational adults to the brink of mental and/or emotional breakdown with irrational behaviors of their own? Do you really think that child is deliberately trying to make you crazy?
Our job as adults is to understand what the child is trying to communicate and to remember that there are no inherently bad children. We forget all the skills that have to already be in place in order for behaviors to be consistently positive. With that in mind, as advocates we need to be familiar with the Instructional Approach to Behavior so that we are aware of the types of interventions, effective classroom practices, discipline models and responses to behaviors. We are not interested in becoming BCBA’s but we do want to be able to understand and question implementation of and fidelity to any behavior plans the district proposes.
SKILLS REQUIRED FOR POSITIVE BEHAVIORS:
(Latin discipulus disciplina; pupil, instruction /teaching, knowledge/learning)
focuses on giving attention to and reinforcing positive behavior, teaching skill deficits and new replacement behaviors.
involves anger, shaming, or emotionally or physically violent responses to undesirable behavior.
Educators should employ research-based interventions to teach and mentor, as they have been professionally trained to do, before using the criminal justice system which does not change behaviors. Exceptions are:
Different types of behavior require a specific treatment or discipline intervention methods.
Mayer & Sulzer-Azaroff, 1990 Skiba, Peterson, & Williams, 1997
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Marie Lewis is an author, consultant, and national speaker on best practices in education advocacy. She is a parent of 3 children and a Disability Case Manager, Board Certified Education Advocate, and Behavior Specialist Consultant. She has assisted in the development of thousands of IEPs nationally and consults on developing appropriately individualized IEPs that are outcome based vs legally sufficient. She brings a great depth of expertise, practical experience, and compassion to her work as well as expert insight, vision, and systemic thinking. She is passionate and funny and she always inspires and informs.
MJ Gore has an M Ed in counseling and a degree in elementary education and natural sciences. She worked as a life-skills and learning support teacher She has been honored with the receipt of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is the Director and on the faculty at the National Special Education Advocacy Institute. Her passion is social justice, especially in the area of education. She is a Board Certified Education Advocate who teaches professional advocates, educators, and clinicians the best practices in education advocacy.
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