The first step in addressing an inappropriate behavior is to gather information – who, what, when, where and how. It is important to identify patterns of behavior in order to reduce the frequency and intensity of episodes. Providing professionals documentation of behaviors will help provide treatment and strategies.
- Who was interacting with the student when the behavior occurred? Does the student target the same person or does the student act out when a certain person leaves the area for example.
- What was going on just before the incident occurred? Identifying high risk times for behaviors helps to prevent them by putting strategies in place.
- When – does the student have more difficulties in the morning, afternoon or night?
- Where – where do the behaviors occur most often, for example, visiting a certain family member, going to the doctor, when outside etc.
- How did the student act out. Does the student display aggression to others or does he try to hurt himself? Does the student destroy property?