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The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors

The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors

by Jessica Minahan
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Since its publication in 2012, The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students has helped countless classroom teachers, special educators, and others implement an effective, new approach to teaching focused on skill-building, practical interventions, and purposeful, positive interactions with students who have mental health disorders.

Based on the success of the previous book, author Jessica Minahan has written this companion guide for educators seeking additional guidance for creating and implementing successful behavior intervention plans (“FAIR Plans”) for the students teachers worry about the most: those with anxiety-related or oppositional behaviors.

Minahan takes readers step-by-step through the process of understanding and practicing the components of a FAIR behavior intervention plan so that they or a team can immediately customize it and put it to work in classrooms. Additional tips on creating interventions, as well as checklists to help with implementation and monitoring progress, are also included.

Packed with brainstorming and reflection exercises, planning activities, templates, case studies, recommended apps, and other technology resources, The Behavior Code Companion will help educators create optimal classroom environments for all students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612507514
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 39,165
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jessica Minahan is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator who serves as the director of behavioral services at the Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents group practice in Newton, Massachusetts, and as a consultant to clients nationwide. She is coauthor of The Behavior Code.

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

Cracking the Code 7
Embracing a New Perspective on Behavior
  • REFLECT: How Do You Think About Behavior? 10
  • REFLECT: Examining Your Assumptions 12
  • CASE STUDY: Julian, a Student with Anxiety 13
  • CASE STUDY: Malik, a Student with Anxiety 15
  • PRACTICE: Reframing Our Understanding of Behavior 17
The FAIR Behavior Intervention Plan 19
Practicing the Fundamentals
  • PRACTICE: Functional Communication 23
  • PRACTICE: Replacement Behavior 24
  • PRACTICE: Writing Target Behaviors 28
  • PRACTICE: Analyzing Stan's ABC Notes 31
  • PRACTICE: Analyzing Juanita's ABC Notes 33
  • PRACTICE: Analyzing Raul's ABC Notes 35
  • PRACTICE: Analyzing ABC Notes for Your Students 37
  • PRACTICE: Structured ABC Data Sheet 38
Key Interventions for Successfully Supporting Students 41
  • REFLECT: Supporting Student Work Initiation 47
  • REFLECT: Transitions and Your Students 49
  • CASESTUDY: Xavier, a Fourth-Grade Student 53
  • CASESTUDY: Trevor, a First-Grade Student 54
  • PRACTICE: Making a Transition Support Plan 55
  • REFLECT: Evaluating Breaks in Your Classroom 59
  • PRACTICE: Brainstorming Breaks 62
  • PRACTICE: Evaluating Break Data 64
  • REFLECT: Finding Islands of Competence 68
  • PRACTICE: Planning Islands of Competence 71
  • PRACTICE: Brainstorming Barriers to Alternative Lunches 71
"Get Away From Me!" 73
Strategies and Interventions for Students with Anxiety-Related Behaviors
  • CASE STUDY: Analyzing Harry’s Behavior Plan 78
  • CASESTUDY: Analyzing Chandra’s Behavior Plan 80
  • REFLECT: Analyzing Your Student's Behavior Plan 82
  • PRACTICE: Creating a Writing Checklist 87
  • PRACTICE: Creating a "How I Feel About Writing" Sheet 88
  • REFLECT: Prioritizing Skills and Strategies 91
  • PRACTICE: Creating a Visual Self-Regulation Sheet 99
  • REFLECT: Planning a Check-In 104
  • REFLECT: Creating Check-In and Check-Out Sheets 106
  • CASESTUDIES: Catching It Early with Sophia and Sam 109
  • CASE STUDY: Prioritizing Strategies for Omar 113
  • CASESTUDY: Prioritizing Strategies for Stacey 113
Creating FAIR Behavior Intervention Plans 147
  • CASE STUDY: Aton, Grade 3 151
  • CASE STUDY: Devan, Grade 6 154
  • CASE STUDY: Angela, Grade K 157
Tools for Monitoring Progress and Implementation 161
  • REFLECT: Creating Data Sheets for Your Student 165
  • PRACTICE: Making an Implementation Checklist 177
  • PRACTICE: Putting It All Together 178
Individualized Education Program Goals and Objectives 183

Protocols: Safety, Bolting, Threat, and Self-Harm 187

Helpful Apps 207

FAIR Behavior Intervention Plan Template 217

Updated FAIR Behavior Intervention Plan for Students with Anxiety-Related Behavior 221

Updated FAIR Behavior Intervention Plan for Students with Oppositional Behavior 227

Answer Key 235

Notes 255
Acknowledgments 259
About the Author 261
Index 263

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123teacher More than 1 year ago
This book is a godsend! It has brilliant advice and strategies that are doable to use in the classroom and they really work! It is an essential companion to The Behavior Code!