Positive Behavior Support
The Day School offers School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports as the first tier of intervention. Throughout The Day School, consistent positive reinforcement is provided for all students. Our program stresses appropriate student behavior and uses positive interventions and direct instruction to encourage self regulation and the development of task-related behaviors that are necessary for success and acceptance in both the school and community.
For those students who require more intensive behavioral supports, Functional Behavioral Assessments are completed under the direction of two Board Certified Behavior Analysts and a Ph.D. level school psychologist. Following these assessments, a specialized Behavior Support Plans can be developed, and can become part of a student’s Individualized Education Plan. To assure consistent treatment throughout the school day, the “specials” teachers are kept informed of the classroom behavior program for all of the classes they teach. Both students with Autism as well as students with Multiple Disabilities benefit from these supports as needed.
As one might expect, behavioral interventions and individual reinforcements vary with each student. In general, however, the following examples of behavioral intervention would be evident throughout The Day School:
· Reinforcement of appropriate behavior, be it academic, social or efforts at task accomplishment
· Ignoring of inappropriate behavior that does not present a danger to the student or others
· Giving verbal or nonverbal cues for desired behavior
· Redirecting inappropriate behavior
· Teaching and modeling appropriate replacement behaviors
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