Behavior & Discipline Issues

A Handbook for Maryland Families and Professionals

The School Discipline Process

A Handbook for Maryland Families and Professionals
Disability Rights Maryland

Every year Maryland school systems suspend thousands of students, many of whom have disabilities. When students are suspended they lose instructional time
and their learning is interrupted. The shared goal of educators and families should be to keep students in school and learning.

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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;


“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

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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? 


Yes! Bullying Can Be Addressed through the IEP

Today’s headlines are filled with news about bullying at school. The latest phenomenon “bullicide” is when kids who are being bullied commit suicide. Let’s face it, bullying can be pretty scary and should concern most any parent who has a child attending school. However, it is especially worrisome for parents who have children with disabilities, because research shows that kids with disabilities are more likely to be targeted. This is especially so for kids with developmental disabilities such as autism, because they are less likely to be able to navigate their way around social situations by the very nature of their disability.