Welcome back to the behavior mini series: Part 2. Today we are talking about what to do after you've collected all the data we talked about in part 1. (Click HERE if you missed it.) By now you have collected 3 to 4 days of DETAILED and SPECIFIC behavior data. Now is the time to look for patterns in the data.
It is important to look for patterns for when it happens and when it never happens. Knowing when it doesn't happen can help you hypothesize WHY it happens and can help with the behavior intervention plan. For example, if your data shows that Ben's behavior never happens after OT, recess and P.E you might hypothesize that the sensory input Ben gets from these types of activities helps him stay calm and focused. Sensory should then be added to the behavior intervention plan (BIP) as an intervention.
My kiddos often have trouble handling transitions and unstructured activities (i.e. lining up, recess, lunch, etc). Many of my students struggle with anxiety. They aren't comfortable when there aren't clear rules and structures. As a result they often become bossy trying to eliminate any surprises. This "bossiness" can lead to behaviors.
Keep in mind it is very important to work towards the WHY it happens to truly eliminate the behavior. It needs to be specific..
Not why: Ben doesn't like to work
May be why: Ben engages in behaviors when given reading work that he believes will be too hard. He is below grade level in reading and doesn't want his peers to know.
Stay tuned tomorrow....developing behavior intervention plans!