Teacher helping boy in elementary school by carefully listening to him.A resource collection compiled by and for Parent Centers.
Coordinated by the NE Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team/
Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center @ SPAN
in collaboration with NH Parent Information Center
Many, many thanks go out to the Development and Review Team!

November 2017

Welcome to this collection of resources on positive behavior supports and discipline of children with disabilities. The collection has been developed by a team of Parent Centers, specifically for the Parent Center network to use in their work supporting and empowering parents and families of children with disabilities.

What’s Inside?

Inside the collection, Parent Centers and other stakeholders will find:

  • an overview of the requirements for functional behavior assessments and positive behavior supports (PBS) in the IEP under IDEA, both proactively and in response to behavioral incidents; and
  • the discipline-related procedural safeguards under general and special education law and court cases, including manifestation determinations.

Parent Centers and others can search the collection to identify key strategies, tools, and resources that they can use:

  • when advising and supporting parents around PBS and discipline issues, and
  • when partnering with state agencies on evidence-based strategies to improve performance on discipline-related indicators in the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report.

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How’s the Collection Organized?

The collection is divided into separate webpages by TOPIC:

Positive Behavior Supports | In this part of the collection, you’ll find articles on PBS, videos, webinars, webpages, and materials you can use to learn about and train others on the basics of behavior and the benefits of using positive behavior supports with students who have disabilities.

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) | What is a student trying to “say” with his or her challenging or inappropriate behavior? Conducting an FBA of the student in action can uncover the purposes or messages driving the behavior, as well as circumstances that trigger it. The results of the FBA can then be used to develop a plan (BIP) to address the undesirable behavior. Here, you’ll find articles and good reads about both FBA and BIPs; videos, webinars, and presentations you can use to provide others with training; and webpages that offer more information.

School Discipline| IDEA provides the frame for how students with disabilities may be (and may not be) disciplined at school for violating a code of student conduct. IDEA’s rules are complex and multi-faceted, so it’s very important to consult and use authoritative resources on the subject of school discipline. In this section of this resource collection, you’ll find articles, federal guidance, webinars, presentations and slideshows, and webpages offering additional information.

To access the resources on the topic of your interest, simply click on the linked text above! 

**Highly Rated Resource! This resource was reviewed by 3-member panels of Parent Center staff working independently from one another to rate the quality, relevance, and usefulness of CPIR resources. This resource was found to be of “High Quality, High Relevance, High Usefulness” to Parent Centers.

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