What Parents Need to Know when Disability Impacts Behavior and Discipline at School

A Brief Overview Schools are responsible to teach expected behavior and limit use of punitive discipline. In July 2022, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued guidance about the rights of students with behavioral health needs. Available in multiple languages, the booklet is titled: Supporting Students with Disabilities and Avoiding the Discriminatory Read More

Tips to Help Parents Reinforce Positive Behaviors at Home

A Brief Overview Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a strategy schools use to teach children expected behavior. Read on for PBIS strategies families can use at home. A key PBIS principle is that punishment fails to teach what to do instead. Adults can direct children and youth toward better choices and interrupt escalation Read More

Mental Health Education and Support at School can be Critical

A Brief Overview Alarming statistics indicate the pandemic worsened many behavioral health outcomes for young people. Governor Jay Inslee on March 14, 2021, issued an emergency proclamation declaring children’s mental health to be in crisis. President Joe Biden issued a Fact Sheet about the nation’s mental health crisis on March 1, 2022, as part of his State Read More

Sample Letter to Request a Functional Behavioral Assessment

When a student’s behavior gets in the way of their learning and/or the learning of others, the school is responsible to figure out how to support behavioral expectations. One way to do that is to assess why the student might be acting out and use that information to consider how positive behavioral interventions might teach Read More

Home for the Holidays: The Gift of Positive Behavior Support

A Brief Overview This article provides examples and simple guidance about how to be more strategic in parenting a child who struggles with behavior—during the weird winter of 2020 and beyond. PAVE consulted with University of Washington positive behavior support expert Kelcey Schmitz for this article. Anticipating trouble and making a best guess about the Read More

Ideas to Support Children and Families Impacted by Abuse, Trauma and Divorce

Brief Overview The National Education Association (NEA) recognizes that childhood experiences related to domestic abuse, trauma or divorce affect education. This article includes recommendations for teachers, family members or other adults who might advocate for a student who needs more help due to challenging life circumstances. Researchers agree that a trauma-sensitive approach to special education Read More

Isolation and Restraint Practices Attract Media Attention

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) has published a video about school use of isolation and restraint. The video, which is posted to YouTube, was produced by DRW’s media program called Rooted in Rights. DRW is a private non-profit organization with a mission to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. The agency is Read More

Ideas and Resources to Support Your Child’s Behavior at School

A Brief Overview Behavior specialists generally agree that difficult behaviors arise from unmet needs. How adults respond is critical if a child is going to learn new ways to communicate. Humans spend about 80 percent of their brain energy trying to belong. This can explain a lot when a child with a disability feels isolated Read More