Behavior Services Department

The Behavior Services Department uses the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to teach students the skills they need to be successful in the educational setting. Behavior Analysts serve schools as Support Professionals providing consultation to Problem Solving, Student Study and Individual Educational Planning Teams. Behavior Analysts assist school staff in classroom setup, instructional methods and staff training. They address the function, or reason for a student’s maladaptive behavior and attempt to teach one that is functionally equivalent. In other words, the goal is to teach the student socially appropriate ways to access their educational environment. Skills such as learning to wait, asking for help and building peer relationships are just some of the areas that may be addressed. These abilities are crucial to a student’s educational success. On some occasions, students need more intensive interventions than classroom consultation. In that case, Behavior Analysts will complete a Functional Behavior Assessment and write specific Behavior Intervention Plans for a student. Modeling of desired behaviors and staff training are essential parts to Behavior Intervention Plans and have direct impact on student success. Behavior Analysts often provide this service. In addition, Behavior Technicians are placed throughout the schools to assist in the consistent implementation of the behavioral interventions and to support the student and teacher. Behavior Technicians are a team of staff trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and it’s application to the school setting. They receive monthly training on targeted skills and are given the opportunity to practice and apply these skills to their everyday school experiences. Behavior Technicians provide an increased level of support to students across school settings. All students are eligible for behavior services through a school referral. If you have a concern or are interested in this service, speak to your student’s school Guidance Counselor or ESE Department Chairperson. For more information on Behavior Analysis and certification requirements, please visit BACB.com

Behavior Team

Teresa Sullivan

Marcy Drakulich

Cindy McBride

Lara May

Jennifer Banks