Adding A BIP To Our IEP.

This morning I met with B’s ECSE teacher, this time to go over a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP). If you recall, at our last IEP meeting, it was suggested to add this as an overlay to his IEP. Essentially, a BIP just outlines the behavioral issues that may inhibit academic progress and works to improving said issues. It is a required part of the IEP when the behavior box is checked off in the Special Considerations section.

First off, there is a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). This is the culmination of “data” collected by observation said behaviors. In B’s case, it was mainly noncompliance and aggression. Ironically, it was not as much attention-based, as originally thought.

B will act out in class, ignores tasks he does not like, and definitely can be aggressive. I know, this sounds so…disturbing. But B has multiple underlying difficulties: spatial relations (i.e., when he touches other kids or how he acts out if you are “in his space”), voice regulation (he is quite loud and has issues controlling volume), keeping to his own agenda (he wants to do his own thing and no one will tell him otherwise).

While the biting tendencies have gone away, it is replaced by kicking or throwing things. And this is a big issue as we move into Kindergarten. Things that are acceptable in a smaller setting will not fly in a “typical” setting. You know that, I know that. B definitely needs to improve how he manages behaviors, especially in things he does not like to do. Otherwise, there will be a lot of Principal Office visits in his future.

So, a series of strategies has been devised to help him. First, using visual schedules in the “IF/THEN” format. Like, “IF” you clean up (with a picture to show this), “THEN” you can have a reward (stickers/smiley faces). Rewarding with smiley faces will accumulate as he works towards a larger reward (like iPad time, buses, etc.). This will help (hopefully) reinforce positive behaviors.

The other big thing is how he works with cooling off. He can be a hothead! At this time, he’s done well with a designated area (with a beanbag, I assume for sensory issues) when he needs to calm down. As long as he knows “where” to go when he’s frustrated/mad/aggressive, then he can still be praised for doing the right thing.

We’ll see what happens. It sounds relatively simple on paper. Everything sounds relatively simple on paper though, right? 😉


About OneLoCoMommy

I live in Northern Virginia and and I look like the stereotypical suburban mom, for better or for worse. My son plays baseball and takes karate (albeit adaptive). My daughter is a gymnastics diva but rolls with the boys in T-ball. I've been a Room Mom and Playdate Coordinator. I work full-time, try to work out, and love my Book Club. However, I also blog on my experiences on our ASD, SPD and ADHD journey while trying to be a better parent advocate. All in a life's work.
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8 Responses to Adding A BIP To Our IEP.

  1. Krystal says:

    Two of my boys have BIPs in place along with their IEPs so I know the whole drill that you went through…and yes, it all sounds good on paper…let me know when you need the glass of wine 🙂


    • OneLoCoMommy says:

      LOL thanks my dear! It will be interesting how it pans out and how often I get called. 🙂


      • Krystal says:

        The one thing I recommend based on my experiences. If they call you for a behavior issue that you know can be addressed via the BIP and they want you to pick him up. DON’T!! Tell them that they have a BIP in place and that if you pick him up you are just rewarding his bad behavior. We had this happen many times with Bug and once we stopped picking him up, his behaviors decreased. Our parent advocate would tell us that sometimes schools put BIPs into place so that they can then later say they exhausted efforts and to pick up the child for the day. Hopefully you don’t have that issue.


  2. Lisa says:

    I hope the BIP pans out for him! Tate has a BIP, too. Some of it is working really well..and the other thing is not. :/ It is a process..and they’ll get there!!


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