There are some students, who have behaviors that may be more anxiety related, for whom writing a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), may be ineffective, as it is difficult to find a replacement behavior for a behavior that is stemming from a deep seated emotional response. Often, behaviors that are addressed by the DTP are not controlled by the student, thus the use of a BIP is inappropriate. Mental health staff are the primary creators of this protocol, and work closely with educators to aide school staff members in how to best respond to the behavior using evidence based, step by step approaches. Some examples of behaviors that may benefit from being addressed through a DTP include school refusal related to anxiety, selective mutism at school, anxiety around social interactions, or withdrawn behavior/showing little joy in previously enjoyed activities.
Similar to the BIP, the DTP has some basic requirements to ensure effectiveness:
A child with or without an IEP may benefit from a DTP, and this strategy can be viewed as a Tier III intervention. Contact your school psychologist if you are interested in pursuing DTP for a student.
Marin County SELPA commissioned Dominican University of California’s Department of Special Education to identify evidence-based behavioral practices to support students, teachers, and local schools. In particular, the task was to identify positive, evidence-based classroom practices leading to academic and behavioral success.
Dominican University of California is located in Marin County and offers graduate programs that culminate in a Master of Science (MS) in Education degree. These programs are designed for educators and other professionals who are interested in teaching and seek preparation for leadership roles and responsibilities