Behavior Intervention Services

Pioneer Center School-age

Behavior Intervention Services


As part of our behavior policy the Ross County Board of DD acknowledges the purpose of behavior support is to promote growth, development and independence of individuals with various behavior concerns.  Also, we are to promote individual choice in daily decision-making, emphasizing self-determination and self-management.  Within our programs, it is important to focus on positive teaching strategies and for our staff to encourage the use of least intrusive forms of services.

Our goal is to monitor the behaviors as early as possible, looking for patterns that will lead the IEP/school team to a better understanding of triggers and what can be done to intervene in a proactive manner.  By doing so, we hope to prevent the need for a restrictive behavior plan.

The Behavior Specialist continues to assist in the monitoring of behaviors, but also assists the staff in better recognizing the behaviors and possible solutions.  To do this more effectively, a Teacher-Leader and the Lead Instructor Assistant process the initial contacts regarding possible behavior concerns.  The Behavior/Autism Specialist assists in the initial review of the concern and the Teacher-Leader contacts the Classroom Teacher regarding the concerns.  From that point, ideas are shared for the best course of action.  This could include minor interventions up to a referral for an aversive behavior plan.  It may be necessary to involve team members such as, Therapists, Specialists, Service and Support Administrators (SSAs), and other pertinent staff.

We continue to follow all necessary Department of Developmental Disabilities’ policies regarding unusual incidents and major unusual incidents, including parent and provider notification.  This includes the writing and filing of necessary incident reports.  The necessary staff will be contacted according to the severity of the incidents.  At the given point where progress has been made and the team agrees that the plans of interventions are no longer necessary for health and safety of the student, the plan can be dismissed.

Our ultimate goal is to provide our staff with multiple outlets to address behavior concerns that take into account the needs and interests of each individual child.  Attention is given to sensory sensitivities, communication deficits and needs, medical related changes in behaviors, change in routines, and common characteristics related to specific disabilities.

We believe that communication among all Pioneer Center staff fosters many great ideas to support overall social and behavioral development for the students.


Services to Local School Districts

Pioneer Center’s Behavior/Autism Specialist provides functional behavior assessments and observation/consultation services for students who need additional information to determine best services.

Pioneer Center staff also provides professional development sessions for:  managing individual and classroom behaviors, Therapeutic Assault and Prevention Strategies (TAPS), sensory supportive environments, and teaching strategies for students on the Autism Spectrum.  In order to obtain these services, contact the Pioneer Center’s Director of Education or Behavior/Autism Specialist at 740-773-2165.