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.
The Texas legislature in the early 2000’s passed a law regarding the use of restraint and time-out in school districts. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) developed rules on procedures for when restraint can be used; training staff, and others; documentation, and notification on the use of restraint; situations that are not considered the use of restraint. Rules were also developed regarding procedures for when time-out can be used; training staff, and others; documentation on the use of time-out; and student safety. TAC §89.1053 […]
The end of summer is in sight, and parents everywhere are feeling that inevitable anxiety over how to make the most of the upcoming school year. With that in mind, here are some dos and don’ts for families who want to start the school year right.
Social skill is not a “service” but a functional skill necessary for daily living activities. Learn what the IDEA, the federal regulations, and the Commentary say about Present Levels of Functional Performance and IEP goals for functional skills. […]
Assistive technology (AT) can support socialization in many ways. It can help children interact independently with their environment and peers by providing ways to express themselves. It can also help children build friendships, explore their environment and reduce frustration that may bring about or be associated with challenging behaviors. These types of AT devices are most often labeled as visual supports or social supports. […]
Do any of these comments sound familiar? “I tell him to stop doing that, but he keeps on doing it. This kid must have been raised by wolves!” “That kid knows how she is supposed to behave. She CHOOSES to misbehave.” “I ask him what he is supposed to be doing and he can tell me. He knows better, so why isn’t he doing it?” Yep. Some kids know “intellectually” what to do, but they’ve never “physically” done it before. It’s difficult for all of us to all-of-the-sudden display a completely different behavior than we’ve been showing for years. Changing a [...]