Overcoming behavioral barriers
The goal of the Behavior Consultation Department is to support our students in decreasing behavioral barriers and acquiring skills to better access their educational programming, guided by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
ABA uses systematic, evidence-based methods to improve socially significant behaviors in students through understanding the relationship between a student’s behavior and their environment. By supporting teachers in creating environments which are highly structured and that aim to meet student’s individual needs, we aid our students in progressing towards their academic, social, emotional, vocational and life-skills goals.
The behavior consultants are responsible for conducting Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and using their findings to work with educators and other healthcare professionals to develop Individual Education Plans (IEPs). The behavior consultants measure progress through the implementation of data collection procedures, which monitor the student’s movement towards goals on an ongoing basis.
The Behavior Interventionists (BIs) provide behavior management support to students with behavioral issues and assists individuals to eliminate or replace disruptive, harmful or negative behaviors. We attempt to help educators increase classroom productivity by assisting with behavior modification and implementing our PATH and PBIS philosophies. The behavior interventionist will implement the Pathway Schools comprehensive positive behavior support model and assess/model effective behavior management strategies in coordination with the school’s education, behavior and clinical teams.
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