Behavior is an important and valuable component of the education process. Parents play a key role in supporting their child's behavioral success. Understanding the ABC's of behavior and working in conjunction with the teachers can help instill appropriate behaviors in all aspects of your child's life. Parents can reinforce their child's behavior at school while in the home setting. This allows for consistency in teaching children appropriate behavior while in the home and school setting.

As California deepens the implementation of the common core state standards, one key aspect of this is the increased focus on preparing students to be active learners. To be effective learners, Students need to manage their behavior just as they need to develop their academic skills and abilities. Focusing on preventative strategies in addressing maladaptive behavior will position children to be ready to learn. This will support students in developing the requisite skills, knowledge and ability to be prepared for college and career.

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What is Behavior?

  • Behavior communicates a need
  • We need to teach behavior as we would academics
  • Every Behavior occurs for a reasonx
  • What are Behavior Contingencies?

  • Antecedent: An event that occurs before a behavior
  • Behavior: Action of the student
  • Consequence: The event that occurs directly following a behavior
  • What are the Functions of Behavior?

  • To gain access to an item, activity or person
  • To escape/avoid an item, activity or person

  • Update

    The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) has just recently launched a website dedicated to highlighting resources and promising practices that are focused on supporting mental health for students.

    Click here to visit the UCSD website.

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    One fantastic component of this new website are a series of informational videos called "Real Parents, Real Answers." The first video in the series provides parent friendly information how to communicate with your student.

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    The Autism Partnership is an excellent resource to support student and parents.

    There is a recent article that highlights "Jake's Story " about managing behavior.


    There are great examples around the nation of schools focusing on the social emotional aspect of learning.

    Check out this video on what is going on in Maine :

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    The national IDEA (2004) Response to Intervention (RTI) model identifies the need for a balance of academic and behavioral system to lead to a successful instructional program. By addressing behaviors in a preventative and proactive approach, children will be able to fully access the core curriculum and interact with their peers in a meaningful way.


    Visit the California Department of Education to view the state standards for behavior :

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    The following web site resources provide great ideas and suggestions to use with your child to address behavior supports:

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