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Improving Behavior Through Behavior Modification

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Updated July 02, 2014

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Definition: A behavior plan is a systematic plan to reduce problem behaviors or increase desired behaviors. Behavior plans are usually developed by teachers, counselors, and school psychologists with parental input. They usually include:
  • A statement of the behavior targeted for change;
  • A statement of the short and long-term behavior goal;
  • An explanation of how the behaviors and progress will be measured;
  • An explanation of what the plan will include, such as the roles of teachers and instructional assistants;
  • Details about positive and negative reinforcement that will be used; and
  • An explanation of how the plan will be monitored and evaluated for effectiveness.

Behavior plans are used to:

  • Reduce problem behaviors that may affect the student or others and cause disruption to the learning process in the classroom; and
  • Increase positive behaviors necessary to interact appropriately and safely with adults and students and promote learning and academic skills.

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Also Known As: Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), Behavior Modification Plan, Behavior Support Plan, Student Support Plan, Intervention Plan

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Behavior intervention plans can help students learn how to interact appropriately with others and become more successful students.

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