Inappropriate behavior is often associated with individuals with learning disabilities. Excessive stress, repeated failure, and low self-esteem often contribute to unacceptable behaviors in this population.
Children with Behavioral Issues
In addition to planning the educational program for children with learning disabilities, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal special education law, must also address disciplinary issues.
IDEA includes provisions that focus on individual children. If a child has behavior problems that interfere with his or her learning or the learning of others, the IEP team must consider whether strategies, including positive behavioral interventions and supports, are needed to address the behavior. If the IEP team determines that such services are needed, they must be added to the IEP.
The U.S. Department of Education supports a number of activities such as training institutes, conferences, clearinghouses and other technical assistance and research activities to help school personnel appropriately address behavioral concerns for children with disabilities.
Parents must become informed about the requirements of IDEA regarding behavior and school discipline in order to be effective members of the IEP Team developing behavioral intervention plans on behalf of their child.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports