Behavior & Discipline Issues

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PBIS: What You Need to Know

By Andrew M.I. Lee, J.D.

If your child struggles with behavior, you may worry about your child getting in trouble at school. Some schools have tried to be proactive and encourage good behavior through an approach called PBIS. PBIS stands for positive behavioral interventions and supports.


Functional Behavioral Assessment

What Are Children Trying to Tell Us: Assessing the Function of Their Behavior

A presentation by Paul Livelli, Ph. D., Kids First Educational and Behavioral Consulting

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Warning Signs that a Child is Being Bullied

Learn the warning signs that may indicate that your child has been the victim of bullying and what to do if you think your child is being bullied. Find out who to talk to and what actions you can take to ensure your child’s safety.


School Discipline: The Rights of Students With IEPs and 504 Plans

By Andrew M.I. Lee, J.D.

Some kids have learning and attention issues that cause them to misbehave. If they have an IEP or a 504 plan, what happens if they break a school rule? Can they be disciplined? And if so, how?


Discipline of Students with Disabilities: MSDE Manual

A Guide for Administrators, Educators, Parents, and Community Members

This document addresses school behavior. It includes information about behavior assessments, the intervention process and the disciplinary requirements for suspension, detentions, etc. according to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Roadmap to Behavior Support

Making Access Happen

Designed to support you in addressing behavior challenges with young children, each of the Making Access Happen behavior support segments uses a video scenario of a challenging behavior to anchor the learning, discussion, and resources that follow.


U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance (not a mandate) on August 1, 2016, in the form of a Dear Colleague letter that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports.


Student Discipline: Understanding What’s Legal, What’s Not, and What a Behavior Intervention Plan Has to Do With It

Behavioral challenges are a hallmark of autism and related disorders. While every parent dreads a phone call from school, the one announcing a suspension is especially feared. The reality is that children with disruptive or dangerous behaviors may be disciplined at some point by their schools. In an effort to help parents understand the regulations about student discipline, this article identifies key points about what is legal and what is not, and what difference a behavior intervention plan can make.

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Feds Warn Schools on Bullying of Kids with Disabilities

In response to an increasing number of complaints, federal officials are reminding the nation’s schools of their responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities are not subjected to bullying.


Autism Issues Complicate Anti-Bullying Task

Positive interactions between those with disabilities, other peers seen as crucial

A widely publicized case of two Maryland teenagers charged with assault for bullying a classmate with autism—a classmate who later strongly defended them—illustrates the complexities that schools face