Reply To: Behavior Issues in School

Penny Williams

Two things come to mind:
1. The medication isn’t right for him and causing additional behavior problems; OR,
2. He is being triggered by the environment at school or the way people are interacting with him.

Behavior is communication. Kids don’t just have meltdowns — there’s a trigger or other antecedent. Until you figure out what that is, you can’t improve the behavior.

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I would request 2 things of the school:
1. Do a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to create a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). This meeting should be facilitated by a behavior specialist, helping to identify potential reasons for the behavior and strategies to try; AND,
2. Call an IEP meeting. Clearly, his current IEP isn’t serving him like it should.

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