It’s no secret that kids don’t always act how adults want them to. Sometimes, when students don’t behave appropriately, the behavior can interfere with learning for themselves or their peers. There are a few different schools of thought for how to deal with behavior in the classroom. However, in California, schools are legally required to first consider the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, more commonly called PBIS.
PBIS is an approach to preventing and correcting undesirable student behavior. It involves Applied Behavior Analysis (“ABA”) strategies to help any child with behavioral challenges to the skills they need in the classroom to make progress. To put it simply, schools are supposed to use carrots rather than sticks. Supports and interventions will range in intensity and frequency depending on the student’s needs. You have a right to ask for PBIS. Here some sample interventions to ask for from less to more intensive.
If your child has trouble managing their behavior, and their school has not considered PBIS, then you may need a special education attorney. I hope this post is helpful to understand your special needs child’s rights. Please feel free to schedule a free 20-minute consultation us by clicking the link below.