Behavior & Discipline

Challenging Behavior in School

Having a consistent response is so important for kids, especially when it comes to behavior. A behavior plan is the best way for all of the school staff, parents and the student to be one the same page about how behaviors will be handled at school.

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Communication With Corrections System

If your child with mental health, behavioral, cognitive or learning disabilities is referred to court, juvenile detention or adult corrections, you can play a key role in making things go as smoothly as possible.

A Guideline for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Eight Practical Tips for Parents of Young Children with Challenging Behavior

Many, if not most, parents find themselves struggling with the challenging behavior of their young child at some point in time. The good news is that there are evidence-based, effective strategies that you can use to create positive solutions for your family.

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Functional Behavioral Assessment

When a child with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) has challenging behaviors in school that are not improving, parents may request a re-evaluation to more closely examine the behaviors of concern. As part of that re-evaluation, a district may conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) to identify special education and related services and develop or modify a behavioral intervention plan.

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Helping Traumatized Children Learn

Once schools understand the educational impacts of trauma, they can become safe, supportive environments where students make the positive connections with adults and peers they might otherwise push away, calm their emotions so they can focus and behave appropriately, and feel confident enough to advance their learning-in other words, schools can make trauma sensitivity a regular part of how the school is run.

Ways to Become a Trauma Sensitive School

Manifestation Determinations

Special considerations may be necessary for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan in order for the student to have access to making academic progress when behavior has been a concern at school.

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Placement and School Discipline for Students with Disabilities

Where will a student with a disability receive his or her special education and related services? IDEA requires placement in the least restrictive environment (LRE) for each child, a setting that is based on the child's IEP.

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Positive Behavior Interventions & Support

Are you looking for training materials, videos, Powerpoint slideshows, or webinars on positive behavior support for students with disabilities? You can connect with many such resources here!

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Protections for Students Not Yet Identified as Eligible for Special Education Services

Is your child facing school disciplinary action? Do you think your child has a disability? If so, there are certain things you need to know to protect your child's rights.

Find Out if Your Child is Eligible

Seclusion and Restraint in Schools

In 2008, the state of Iowa amended its rules on corporal punishment, physical restraint ("restraint"), and physical confinement and detention ("seclusion") in educational settings. These rules are published in Chapter 103 of the Iowa Department of Education's administrative rules.

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Special Education Discipline Step by Step Guide to Suspension

There are many scenarios to consider when disciplining students with special education plans. This guide shows the steps educators must follow for discipline.

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The ABC's of Challenging Behavior

Behavior problems involve any challenging behavior that lasts over time and is working for the child, meaning bringing the results he or she wants. This takes the form of a child not doing what is wanted, or doing something that isn't wanted by adults. Before we can address a challenging behavior, we need to be able to identify and define the problem clearly.

Identify Behavioral Problems

The Ten Day Rule: What Parents Should Know About the 11th Day of Suspension

You may have heard about something called the "ten-day" rule and been told that it limits the number of days that a child with disabilities can be suspended from school. While there is some truth to that, the whole truth is far more complicated. Here are nine things that are important to know about the so-called "ten-day" rule and the laws governing the suspension of students who are eligible for IEP services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

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