How to Teach Behavioral and Special Needs Students

June 10, 2020

Effectively servicing children with behavioral needs goes beyond the at home life. It’s important that each child has access to the right services necessary to help them maintain and improve their progress outside of the home, specifically in the classroom and school setting.

When a school staff is committed to making their learning environment as inclusive as possible, it opens up more opportunities for students of all needs to get the education they deserve. Here are a few ways school staff can provide behavioral needs assistance in the classroom.

Ways School Staff Can Support Behavioral and Special Needs Students

Behavior and Special Needs Assessments

Through various assessments such as, FBA, IEE, and SCIA, BECBA certified professionals provide an analysis of challenging behaviors.

These assessments enable the analysts to identify areas of needed skill development, a behavior support plan (BSP), proposed IEP goals, and recommendations for appropriate supports, services, and settings, and presentation of the assessment to the team.

Behavior Consultations

Similar to an assessment, school staff can deliver a behavior consultation a specific student or to a classroom or
program. The student specific consultation focuses on consulting with the district staff regarding the support a student needs in various educational settings to decrease challenging behavior, increase skill acquisition and promote independence.

A consultation appointment with a certified BCBA professional includes; observations, data collection, and notes

  • Behavior plan and goal development
  • BSP material development
  • Report writing
  • Trainings

Professional Development

To educate the entire school staff or district, professional development services can be designed to provide a broad range of information on how to create an effective teaching environment for students with behavioral needs.

Training include topics ranging from:

  • Creating a Structured and Defensible ABA Classroom
  • Effective Strategies for Positive Classroom Management
  • Training school paraprofessionals to become Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT’s).

Classroom Aides

For more hands-on help, school staff has the opportunity to bring in either a school aide or a behavioral aide to lend a hand with day to day classroom activities.

A school aides provides direct support to a student, classroom or program. They take their direction from the district classroom teacher or case manager and are equipped to provide all general support to assist with a student’s or classroom program.
A behavioral aide provides direct support and implementation of a student’s IEP or BSP or direct support to a classroom or program that is behavior analytic in nature. Behavioral Aides are either Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT’s) or are in RBT training and are skilled to implement IEP programs, collect data on IEP goals and behaviors.

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At Juvo we have over 14 years of experience working with public, charter and private schools and districts to create, maintain, and improve the services and programs for students with educational or behavioral needs.
To find out more about the behavioral health services provided by the Juvo staff, request a consultation today.

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