Intervention in interfering behavior is not haphazard but is carefully planned and monitored. As you plan an intervention, there will be several steps you must follow. By using the information we have about the function of the behavior, you can develop a plan for intervention. The intervention plan is comprehensive and focuses specifically on the needs of the child. Most importantly, the intervention plan is one that is POSITIVE.
A positive plan is one that contains 3 components. The plan outlines strategies that prevent the behavior from occurring as much as possible, strategies to change or replace the interfering behavior with a more appropriate alternative, and helps us to know what to do or how to respond when the behavior does occur.
The amount and degree of severity to which interfering behaviors occur with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will vary tremendously. For children with minor levels of interfering behavior, the steps for intervention may be communicated among team members informally through meetings, conversations, or in a document.
The BIP is written after an assessment is conducted, gathering information about the interfering behavior. This assessment, called a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), gathers data about the function, setting events, antecedents, and consequences.
For children who have higher or more severe levels of interfering behavior, a formal Behavior Intervention Plan is warranted. You may also hear this referred to as a Behavior Support Plan or a Positive Behavior Support Plan. The Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is a document that provides steps and guidelines for people working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who demonstrate the interfering behavior.
Behavior Intervention Plan:
- Create an objective and concrete definition of the behavior. This is necessary so that everyone understands exactly what the behavior looks like when it occurs.
- Be proactive in trying to prevent the interfering behavior. There are several ways this can be done. For example, the environment may be altered or redesigned.
- Determine the skill the student needs to learn to do instead of the interfering behavior. This is called a replacement or alternative skill.
Let us help you create a positive plan of action. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois.