Guide to the best behavior intervention plans and ideas for dealing with child behavior problems in all children, including those with ADHD symptoms, signs of Autism, and Down Syndrome characteristics.
When developing a plan, it is best to have a trained behaviorist involved to be sure it is based on a functional assessment of the child’s target behaviors. Customized plans typically list detailed triggers for the individual, replacement behaviors, proactive strategies, and how to respond to each target. A sample template of this can be found below.
I know how expensive it can be to hire a certified behaviorist, so I have attempted to provide as much valuable information as possible for help with specific problems in the form of positive behavior supports and detailed instructions to use time out for kids. However, since I can not evaluate each individual, please note that the interventions may not be applicable for all children.
Before you read any further, it is best to always apply positive behavior supports for children along with behavior intervention plans for specific behaviors. You will find information related to these at the link above as well as in my free eBook Child Behavior Guide: What you need to know. It is easy to download and has worthwhile proactive strategies to apply that may easily eliminate any problems you are having without further intervention.
1. Temper Tantrums or Meltdowns - Ideas for behavior intervention plans with ways to say no without an argument and steps to take if they do get upset. I think one thing every parent wishes they could eliminate are the terrible meltdowns kids have starting around 2 years of age. The terrible twos for some can be unbearable, but there is hope! Be sure to read all pages for help with this behavioral problem every parent is likely to face at some point in time.
seeking behavior – Kids love getting attention and some will do whatever it
takes to get it even if it means getting into trouble. I think that this may
actually be one of the biggest motivators for child bad behavior. Children that
are much older (5-10 years) than siblings, may be most vulnerable since they
were used to getting so much attention for such a long time prior to the
arrival of a sister or brother. You can learn great ideas for preventing this
type of behavior and how to give children more attention while still getting
necessary housework completed.
3. Self injury – This behavior can be scary for most parents and very difficult to understand. Your first instinct is likely to stop it as soon as possible, yet the attention you give the behavior could actually make it happen more frequently. So, what should you do?? Check out plans that have interventions for self-abuse which includes teaching how to respond, prevent future incidents, and know when to get help.
4. Dealing with picky eaters – There are many possible reasons why children can be picky about the food they are eating. It could be due to sensory issues or simply because they haven’t tried the new food enough to develop a taste for it. The problem is that it can often lead to nutritional deficiencies and delayed speech due to a lack of muscle tone building in the mouth. Learn ways to increase more food textures and develop more varied diets for picky eaters, including the use of an incentive chart for kids.
5. Skin Picking -
Skin picking is more common than many people think and it often leads to
painful sores all over the individual's body. I have done a number of behavior
intervention plans with ways to help decrease incidents of skin picking. You
will be surprised at how well they can work, if applied consistently.
6. Aggressive Behavior in Children - Dealing with aggressive children can be challenging and exhausting, especially for older kids that are getting bigger than you are. If you start early, when they are toddlers, to eliminate aggression you will appreciate how much easier it is to discipline when they are teens.
These pages provide behavior intervention plans more specifically for toddlers and ways to respond to hitting or biting.
If you are looking for ideas of different consequences for your child's behavior, I have a separate page outlining how to do time out for kids, toddler discipline and more that can be found at the link above.
I have also found the following books to provide great ideas in this area similar to intervention plans. Love and Logic parenting books teach what consequences to provide and how to apply them. They provide logical or natural consequences that help him/her to think about what he/she has done and learn from every mistake.
The first book is for children aged birth-6 yrs of age, the second book is 6-12 yrs and the third is for dealing with teenagers. They also have additional books that may be helpful as well.
Be sure to return frequently as I will continue to add pages related to specific behavioral problems. Also feel free to contact mewith any questions, comments or to request information related to a specific topic or the behavior intervention plans provided. I hope this information helps to relieve your everyday stresses related to parenting.