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How to read a BIP: Focus on the BEHAVIOR

Updated: Jan 27, 2023

One of the biggest things that a strong BIP, or behavior intervention plan can do is ensure that ALL STAFF address a child's behavior in the same way. It is unacceptable when parents or caregivers are bombarded with reports of bad behavior, especially from those who are not trained to deal with behavior. A BIP gives adults the accountability for the same consistent response so that a child can learn an acceptable behavioral response. Consistency with specially designed interventions promotes success or illustrates the need to change the plan.

A strong BIP can be an insurance policy for a child struggling with behavior. It should clearly identify the challenging behaviors that interfere with their success, the function of the behavior, how they will be taught a new behavior, and what everyone will do about it. It places the responsibility on the team of adults, as well as on the child, versus simply blaming and shaming the child for their behavioral difficulties.

Check out the infographic below for some tips and tricks on how to read a BIP.

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