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  • Writer's pictureAshley Carol

Writing an Effective Behavior Intervention Plan

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Often disruptive students frequently struggle to study and fall behind academically. Most children occasionally get into trouble, but a child who misbehaves frequently may require a structured strategy to rein in their conduct.


A behavior plan's objective is to treat and prevent problematic behaviors, not to discipline the child. Regaining the child's path to a better, more successful future is the goal.


Let's examine what goes into developing a successful behavior intervention plan.


What is a Behavior Intervention Plan?

A behavioral intervention plan (#BIP) is a structured strategy to support a child exhibiting persistent behavioral issues in a learning environment. The intention is to reinforce positive behavior, discourage bad behavior, and teach positive behavior.


A functional assessment should serve as the basis for the plan. When it's feasible, the emphasis should be on adopting constructive habits in place of the targeted bad ones.


Everyone may work together to solve a child's behavioral concerns when a BIP is in place. It will make it possible for everyone involved to handle the child's conduct according to the same plan, including behavior specialists, counselors, teachers, family members, and others.


A BIP's initial results aren't always favorable. Over time, the strategy may require adjustment.


Who Receives a BIP?

Not every child who misbehaves in class requires a #BIP. These programs are designed for students who have serious behavioral problems that impair their ability to learn.


Some students already have an #IEP or #504 plan in place to support their academic performance. Sometimes, though, this is insufficient. A #BIP might be added by the special education team to provide these pupils with greater structure.


To receive a #BIP, students do not need to be enrolled in a special education program. Behavior intervention may be helpful for any student whose behavior prevents them from succeeding in the classroom.


Involvement of Students

Every behavioral plan you make should be different. What is effective for one student might not be effective for another.


To meet the specific problems and requirements of the learner, a tailored plan must be developed. As far as you can, involve the student in the strategy.


Inquire from the student about their thoughts on the issue and potential solutions. Hearing their perspective on the problem is interesting.


It's a great method to make sure the plan is tailored to the child's requirements and gives the child a sense of involvement in the process.


Functional Behavior Analysis

The findings of a #Functional Behavior Analysis(#FBA) serve as the foundation for a typical behavior intervention strategy. An #FBA is often carried out by a behavioral specialist, psychologist, or special education specialist.


The analysis makes improved knowledge of a child's behavior's underlying reasons possible, which results in a more tailored approach. The Behaviorist Anagram, or ABC: antecedent (the reasons), conduct, and consequence, is the foundation of an #FBA.


BIP Content

The following elements should be included in a behavioral intervention plan.


Antecedent Techniques

Antecedent techniques aimed to stop undesirable actions or render them ineffective. The student has little motivation to continue the conduct if it is no longer relevant.


Think about the modifications you can make to the learning space to:

  • Prevent or eliminate the antecedent.

  • Make the preceding event less impactful.

  • Make the antecedent less likely to trigger the behavior.

  • Use evidence-based prevention strategies.

Moving a child to a different table or desk or taking the time to encourage appropriate substitute behaviors are a couple of basic alternatives.


Many children with behavior and attention issues can benefit from changes in the school environment.


Targeted Adverse Behaviors

A BIP needs to be a tailored strategy to focus on the behaviors of interest. These actions must be focused and may be connected in some way. The majority of behavior plans concentrate on one to four desirable actions.


Response Techniques

Steps for responding to both the intended behavior and the behavior of concern should be included in a #BIP. New positive behaviors should be met with the same level of reaction as negative behaviors.


The main goal of a response strategy is to prevent the reinforcement of harmful behaviors. Make sure you have a system in place to deal with any potential actions.


A few tactics might be to ignore the conduct but not the student and maintain composure to defuse animosity.


Data Collecting

 Establishing expectations for a student's behavior within a given time limit is very important. Data collection is necessary to determine whether the BIP is assisting in reducing areas of concern and boosting positive behavior.


Compare the student's actual progress to the target as you apply the BIP. It enables you to determine whether elements of the plan are effective and whether any changes are required.


Children's behaviors can change over time, and you must modify behavior strategies to take these changes into account. Not every behavior plan will be successful the first time it is used. Sometimes the habits persist, requiring the use of fresh tactics.


The reason why a child is acting out might not be fully known by the school. It's important to attempt to understand the causes of the behavioral disorders because parents and kids occasionally conceal vital information.


The plan should be frequently reviewed by both the family and the school. For the strategy to be successful, it must adapt along with the child.


With time, incentives and rewards may become ineffective. What piques a child's interest one year may look childish to them the following.


For the best possibility of success, it is vital above all that everyone engaged communicates and abides by the BIP guidelines.


Strategies for Effective Behavior Intervention

Making the child's undesirable behaviors irrelevant, ineffectual, and ineffective is the aim of behavior intervention. It is expected that by teaching children new, useful skills, they would be able to meet their needs both at school and at home.


We would be happy to discuss ways to support your students' success with you if you would


want additional information about behavior intervention plans. Reach out to us right away.



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