Occasionally, student problems appear so complex that a behavior assessment
is called for.
The following steps simplify the process.
Behavior Assessment Form
- Identify student
- Fill out and use a Behavior Assessment Form
- Define the behaviors to be observed (base record)
- Set up a schedule of timing for observing the student's behaviors.
Example: 30 seconds of every other minute; 1 minute in five minutes
- If possible observe the student in several settings.
- Complete the observations using a Behavior Graphing Form.
- Analyze the findings.
- Develop the Behavior Enhancement system with the student (and with a team, if possible).
Remember to stay with five behaviors or less.
- Develop a Contract.
- Hold a meeting with the teachers, parents, student and administration.
- Periodically review and adjust.
Time of day
Behavioral excesses: (Ex: talking, off task, attention seeking,
Behavioral deficits: (Ex: not responded, tardy, work not completed,
refusing to cooperate, not following rules)
Motivation: (Ex: common ones are attention, power, anger, hostility,
depressed, uncertain of task, feeling incapable, need for stimulation)
Teacher antecedents or responses: (Ex: monitor teacher behaviors
that precede student misbehavior and also watch for any "payoffs"
the teacher is supplying inadvertently)
Student antecedents: (Ex: what precedes the student outburst or
lack or attention--look for another student saying something, length
of time on task, difficulty with subject, ect.)
Student responses to corrections: (Ex: corrects self, gets angry,
pouts, refusal, lethargy)
Once you have finished, you should:
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