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1st Edition

The Paraprofessional's Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention

ISBN 9780415739191
Published March 11, 2015 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

The Paraprofessional’s Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention is a comprehensive guide to appropriate behavioral strategies in the classroom, based on the Least Restrictive Behavioral Intervention (LRBI) and Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies (PBIS). This highly practical book provides:

  • an increased understanding of the processes underlying student behavior in the classroom, including motivation
  • a wide range of strategies for establishing and promoting positive behavior, as well as counteracting and reducing negative behaviors
  • skills related to nationally recognized standards for paraprofessional competence
  • an understanding of widely accepted principles and practices such as Response to Intervention (RTI).

Set in the context of the legal requirements for paraprofessionals to work "under the direction of a professional" (ESEA) and be "appropriately supervised" (IDEA), The Paraprofessional’s Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention illuminates research-based, practical strategies shown to be effective in a wide range of educational settings and which can be implemented immediately and with confidence.

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Basic Principles of Behavior

Chapter Two: Factors Which Impact Behavior: Good and Bad

Chapter Three: Plan A: Setting Students Up for Success

Chapter Four: Rewards

Chapter Five: Plan B: Sanctions

Chapter Six: Behavior and Special Needs

Chapter Seven: Recent Developments in the Educational System

Chapter Eight: Tying Things Up


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Betty Y. Ashbaker is Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Special Education at Brigham Young University, USA.

Jill Morgan is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK.


"The authors offer theoretical and practical information to help paraprofessionals become better informed about the crucial topic of behavior, with a primary focus on positive approaches to encouraging pro-social interactions. Their suggestions balance evidence-based behavioral interventions with the importance of mutual respect, human connection, choice-making, and self-determination. They clearly establish the role of the paraprofessional as part of a collaborative team, working under the direction of a teacher or other qualified professional."

Michael F. Giangreco, PhD, Professor, Department of Education and the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, University of Vermont, USA

"The Paraprofessional’s Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention is an all-encompassing book about behavior. It begins with theories about why behavior occurs and ends with strategies and interventions based on positive behavior supports and RtI. As a paraeducator, it will engage and challenge you to think outside the box. A common thread and strength of the book is its repeating mantra that paraeducators (paraprofessionals, TAs) must work in tandem and under the direction of their supervising teachers making classroom management choices as a team in terms of what ‘works best’ for students."

Marilyn Likins, PhD., Director of Mild/moderate Alternative Teacher Preparation Program, and Director of National Resource Center for Paraeducators, Utah State University, USA