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Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level

Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level
Red Zone Strategies

May 2011 | 216 pages | Corwin

"Dr. Riffel's materials are so practical that even new teachers can conduct a functional behavior assessment and implement a meaningful plan with ease."
—Michelle Doty, Assistant Professor
Lewis-Clark State College, ID

"This book provides teachers with a road map to success."
—Karen Barineau, Autism Specialist
DeKalb County Schools, Stone Mountain, GA

Help students move from the "red zone" to the success zone!

How would you respond to a student who frequently has emotional meltdowns, hits other students, or uses unacceptable language? These and other extremely challenging behaviors are identified as tertiary level or "red zone" by the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model. Laura A. Riffel describes in teacher-friendly terms how to use this model to create an intervention plan to modify disruptive behavior. Research-based and easy-to-use methods for general and special educators, administrators, and counselors include:

  • A data-driven approach to solving problems
  • Techniques and strategies for collecting and analyzing data
  • Methods for teaching replacement behavior
  • Examples that show how to modify consequences

Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level helps teachers develop a better understanding of their impact on students' behavior and empowers them to make positive changes. Included are success stories, analysis forms, charts, and templates that show teachers how to "mine the data for gold," create crisis plans, and steer students toward positive behaviors.

About the Author
1. Overview of Functional Behavior Assessment
2. Function Based Support: Mining the Data for Gold
3. Indirect Methods for Determining Function of Behavior
4. Direct Methods for Data Collection
5. Observing and Recording Behavior
6. Crisis Plans
7. Data Don’t Lie: Real Data from the Field
8. Analysis of the Data
9. Behavioral Intervention Planning Using a Problem Solving Model
10. Antecedent Manipulations or Modifications for Proactive Planning
11. Behavior Teaching
12. Consequence Modification
13. Sample Interventions Based on Function
14. Carrying Out the Plan and Follow-Up

"The true test of a teacher’s character is not about managing problem behavior today in our classroom but how we, as educators, move towards modifying and shaping behaviors for individuals to achieve a better future. Laura Riffel’s book provides us with the knowledge and insight to challenging behaviors and assists educators with a roadmap to success. A must read for all teachers!"

Karen Barineau, Autism Specialist
DeKalb County Schools, Stone Mountain, GA

“Dr. Riffel’s book is loaded with practical information for addressing behavior issues. I cannot imagine a behavioral support team succeeding without mastering the concepts explained in her book. She helps you understand what sets a behavior in motion and how to become a behavior change agent. Dr. Riffel understands behavior and how to become successful with students. I highly recommend this book!”

Kayla A. Bower, Executive Director
Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.

"Dr. Laura Riffel has an incredible way of explaining behavior in a common sense way. Her approach to the material is scientific while based on many successfully improved situations in schools and clinics. Her ability to explain functions of behavior makes the subject clear for parents, teachers, administrators, and specialists. Real-life examples used throughout the book provide a deeper basis for understanding to the reader."

Lisa Williams, Behavior Specialist
Effective Behavioral Solutions, Apharetta, GA

"Dr. Riffel’s materials are so practical that even new teachers can conduct a functional behavior assessment and implement a meaningful plan with ease. My students need strategies that work and do not take hours of learning to perfect. This book gives great examples and case studies that will guide my students to successfully mine that data for gold."

Michelle Doty, Assistant Professor and Special Education Program Director
Lewis-Clark State College, ID

"Presents the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports model, showing teachers how to create an intervention plan to modify challenging behaviors, along with examples of how to modify consequences. A top pick for teachers working with diverse classrooms."

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
The Midwest Book Review, August 2011

Provides excellent strategies for intervention specialist and general education teachers in my classroom management course to respond to disruptive behaviors.

Mrs Danielle Wall
Teacher Education, Urbana University
December 12, 2019

Another book provided me with the information I needed.

Professor Susan Johnson
Education Dept, Mercyhurst College
April 27, 2013

We are including it as recommended reading. We believe it will be very helpful to future teachers. It is not comprehensive enough for our primary test.

Dr Donna Bergman
Education Dept, Spring Arbor University
March 8, 2012
Key features
  • Data collection tools
  • Competing pathway charts
  • Analysis forms
  • Examples from the field of real students whose behaviors have successfully been modified to appropriate behaviors

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