A Behavior Plan

I sat in on a behavior plan meeting one time where the adults were somewhat baffled. All the “usual tricks” hadn’t worked for the child: reward charts, earning privileges, stickers, etc.

Finally what they agreed as a team to put into the behavior plan was that this child would respond best if given “unconditional positive social interaction” with the adults in their life. The presenting therapist went on to explain that even though it might seem unorthodox, this positive social interaction should not be tied to anything the child did or didn’t do, but just to build rapport with them that they could draw strength from to participate in classroom routines and so on.

I was glad that that was what we settled on, since I agree with that more than I agree with a “behavior plan”. It seemed a little silly to have to write into a plan, because I’m pretty sure if we just treated *all* children that way…they would flourish in the context of connected relationship.

[Image description: A quote written over a picture of a boy walking into school with a backpack. The quote reads, “If a child doesn’t feel safe in school, doesn’t feel heard or doesn’t like their teacher, a behavior plan will not be effective. If a child feels safe in school, feels heard and likes their teacher, a behavior plan will not be needed.” The quote is by Greg Santucci, Occupational Therapist.]