Reply To: Need tips for adding behavior modifications to IEP/504

Penny Williams

Yes, it does get a little tricky if his IEP was qualified as speech disability, and then he meets that goal and doesn’t have a need for support in that area anymore. You will likely have to do a new evaluation to qualify him under a different category.

I like to see a Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) done and a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) drafted from it to address negative behaviors at school. This assessment looks at the perceived benefits and/or triggers of each behavior, then crafts strategies to address each. This approach most effectively addresses unwanted behavior, because it identifies and addresses the root cause.

5 School Assessments Your Child May Be Entitled To

My son has the opportunity to take a break in his special ed teacher’s classroom or the guidance offer when he’s feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or emotional to the extent that he cannot function. Part of that goal and accommodation in his IEP is that staff doesn’t try to talk him through and rationalize, and doesn’t constantly push him to go back to class, because we found those things make it worse, not better. He very much gets stuck as well, as you described. This could be a part of a 504 Plan, if necessary.

Make a list of all the classroom/school struggles your son is having trouble with. Then add triggers to all that you can identify.That will give you a list of needs to then determine what accommodations would be appropriate. Here’s a great sample list of accommodations for ADHD you can use to match to your son’s specific, individual needs:

Your Free Guide to the 40 Best Accommodations for Children with ADHD or LD

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