What is BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan?

A Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) takes the observations made in a Functional Behavioral Assessment and turns them into a concrete plan of action for managing a student’s behavior.

A BIP may include ways to change the environment to keep behavior from starting in the first place, provide positive reinforcement to promote good behavior, employ planned ignoring to avoid reinforcing bad behavior, and provide supports needed so that the student will not be driven to act out due to frustration or fatigue.

When a behavior plan is agreed to, the school and staff are legally obligated to follow it, and consequences of not following it should not be inflicted on the student. However, as with so many provisions of IDEA, this may take a lot of vigilance, advocacy, and battling by parents to make sure that everyone who is to take these interventions into account does so in a complete and informed way.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a way to “change” your brain waves or the electrical activity in your brain. By doing this it will ultimately change how you feel, how you respond, and how you interact with others.
Although it is a controversial treatment for treating ADHD, the therapy retrains the brain to produce electrical patterns that associate with clam and focus.

The treatment can be time consuming, costly and has not been proven, but those who have tried it, swear by it. In certain instances, insurance may cover some part of the cost for out-of-network coverage, but you would have to check with your provider as well as the person implementing the therapy.

Sessions are generally about 45 minutes. Students are set up in front of a computer with wires leading from different points on the head. The trainer will begin a videogame or movie. As long as the student remains focused and continues to concentrate, the movie or video will play, but as soon as their focus shifts, the screen will go dark or the moving objects will slow down. They will be reminded to focus or concentrate on the task at hand.