Behavior Support Planning

A Behavior Support Plan is part of the IEP. The IEP is known as the Individual Education Program that is developed yearly for students in special education and those who have special needs and are in general education.

Not all children who have an IEP need a Behavior Support Plan. My son Nicholas has never had one, yet his brother Matthew has had a plan for the past five years. The plan changes each year and is written with the IEP.

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) changed their Behavior Support Plan recently. Now there are three pages that need to be filled out with the majority of the answers a multiple-choice selection. Previously there were two forms that were filled out with about seven lines to specify the details.

First I will share how the earlier Behavior Support Plan was written to give parents an idea of what a Behavior Support Plan may look like from their school district. This is a blank format where the IEP team determines what to include in the form.

1. Describe the behavior (include frequency)
2. What occurs before the behavior?
3. What occurs after the behavior?
4. When does the behavior occur?
5. Where does the behavior occur?
6. Who is present/absent when the behavior occurs?
7. Reason for the behavior (what purpose does the behavior serve for the student)?
8. Identify alternative behaviors that could serve the same purpose for the student
9. Reinforcement strategies to support the student’s learning
10.Modifications and support in the school/classroom environment
11.Communication and monitoring – responsible personnel (with other teachers/with parent/with student/staffing, how often)
12.Modification of the curriculum/recommended teaching strategies
13.Goals and objectives – goal, responsible personnel, begin date/goal to be achieved by/progress to be reported to parent by (conference, report card, progress report)

Incremental objective #1 related to goal – date to be...