Behavior & Discipline Issues


The Use of Restraint and Seclusion

MSDE Fact Sheet

The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services has issued a fact sheet


Bullying Prevention Must be Everyone’s Concern

Everyone is affected by bullying. The victim, the bully, and those who witness bullying suffer negative consequences. “Bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, isolation, and alienation in both the bully and the victim long after the incidents have ended. In addition, many victims of bullying do not want to come to school,

Discipline of Students with Disabilities Guide from the Maryland State Department of Education

Discipline of Students with Disabilities Guide from the Maryland State Department of Education

Whenever a student demonstrates a behavior that interferes with his or her learning or the learning of others, the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team should convene to plan for a functional assessment of the student’s behavior. The purpose of a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is to increase understanding of the student’s behavior and its function for the student, and is used to develop a behavioral intervention plan (BIP).

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Positive Behavior Support Strategies: Finding and Using Effective Reinforcement

Oct. 8, 2013
Howard County Autism Society and Pathfinders for Autism Brown Bag Series
Laura Solomon, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic

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Howard County Behavioral Specialists Presentation

Sept. 19, 2013
HCAS General Support Group Meeting
Stacy Barger
Sheila Collector

What do behavioral specialists do? When do you need to have a bevioral specialist on your team?


Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Form

The Bullying, Harrassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form may be used to to report alleged bullying, harassment, or intimidation that occurred during the current school year on school property, at a school-sponsored activity or event off school property, on a school bus, or on the way to and/or from school;

Behavior & Discipline Issues


Addressing Bullying–Guidance from US Dept of Education

In new guidance sent to educators across the country, federal education officials say that schools may be liable if they don’t properly address bullying of students with disabilities. The guidance issued Tuesday in a four-page “Dear Colleague” letter details the unique obligations that schools have under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to ensure that children with disabilities are not victimized. Specifically, officials from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services said that bullying can lead to a denial of a student’s right to a free and appropriate public education, or FAPE, if it “results in the student not receiving meaningful educational benefit.”  (from


“Just a Bad Day” or Undocumented Suspension?

There are many reasons why students are sent home. The purpose of this article is not to debate when an incident is ‘send-home’ worthy or ‘suspension’ worthy. Rather, it is to explain why send-homes without proper documentation are actually against school policy and why parents who race to pick up their children every time the school calls actually are doing a disservice to their children.


HCPSS Behavior Specialists

Each Howard County public school is assigned a behavior specialist. In order to access the behavior specialist, the special education team leader (or instructional team leader) at your school should contact the school’s assigned instructional facilitator at the Department of Special Education to arrange for a consult. Parents are encouraged to discuss behavioral issues and consults with school-based staff


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs exist throughout the county. What does PBIS emphasize? What outcomes are associated with implementation of a school-wide PBIS program?