Identifying Repetitive Behaviors & Interventions

Does your child with special needs engage in concerning behaviors such as throat clearing, vocal tics or finger crossing?

In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, learn how to identify repetitive behaviors in your child and how to seek out interventions.

Start by addressing your concerns over your child’s behaviors with his/her medical team as well as his school program team. They may be able to identify reasons behind the behaviors and suggest solutions.

Today we will also share how to identify triggers to these behaviors and possible interventions to redirect them.

  1. Use an ABC Chart (or request that your child’s school team completes one of these) to identify the behaviors and what happens before the behavior is exhibited by your child.
  2. The ABC Chart will help identify what is triggering your child’s behaviors.
  3. Use this chart to identify intervention strategies based on the trigger.
    • For example: if your child reacts because of anxiety caused by classwork, his/her teacher can address that by chunking out the assignment into more “doable” sections.
  4. Work with your child’s educational and professional team to identify triggers, strategies for interventions, and how to implement the plan at home as well.

Learn how to detect repetitive behaviors and strategies to redirect them in the YouTube video below or by visiting the corresponding special education resource page. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.