Tips: Challenging Behaviors

Using function based thinking and best practices to meet the needs of students

Tips for Specific Challenging Behaviors

Click on Specific Behaviors for Additional Information, Ideas and Strategies

Behavior Principles

Behavior Is:

  • A child’s attempt to solve a problem

  • Purposeful (serves a function)

  • A child’s way of communicating wants/needs/frustrations/etc

Function Based Thinking

Two Basic Functions:

  • Avoid/get away from something

  • Obtain/get something

Function is the "why" behind a student's behavior.

Understanding Crisis Behavior and De-Escalation


  • To prevent behavior escalations or provide students with strategies (as they escalate) to help them get back to baseline without reaching a crisis

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