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▪If extra help is needed, the school psychologist and principal provide assistance.
Needs of schools can differ from each other. Do you feel your school’s needs are different than others in the district?▪It is unrealistic to think that Brywood is more important than the other schools, but there are several different types of special education classes that are spread out amongst the district.▪A child might not be fit for the classes offered at our school and needs to transfer to another school.▪When it comes to special education, it is necessary for schools to work together especially since staff is circulated throughout.
I see that the school has adopted a PBIS system. Do you feel that this has been a good incentive for your students?▪Special education classrooms tend to lean toward a positive approach, such as PBIS, over traditional punishment strategies.▪The students understand that good behavior is rewarded with a S.C.O.R.E. card, which stands for the school’s motto.▪These cards are entered into a raffle for the reward of their choosing.▪S.C.O.R.E. cards are a good incentive for the students, but some do not understand that the cards do not guarantee the reward they actually want.
Have the strategies caused a decrease in maladaptive behavior?▪The PBIS system has a positive effect on the rest of the school, however, there has not been a noticeable different in the special day classroom. ▪As stated previously, special education classrooms have a difference approach to dealing with behavior as well as instruction. ▪Ms. Eady also stated that there are more students in her class with maladaptive behaviors compared to last year which has made it difficult to determine the effects of PBIS.
QUESTIONSIs it difficult to implement the PBIS strategies in a special education classroom?▪Introducing the S.C.O.R.E. cards was simple but explaining how they work to the SDC students was difficult. ▪PBIS has three tiers and students fall into a tier depending on how much assistance they need. All the SDC students fall in the tier three which means they have intensive, individualized behavior prevention. This is true without the use PBIS.Are there any services provided at your school for students who report bullying?▪There is not a specific program or service for students who want to either report bullying of others or themselves but are rather encouraged to speak to the school psychologist, proctors, or teachers about it. ▪There are several posters around the school that encourage this method and SDC students are reminded verbally as well.
Do you think that special needs students bully more or less than mainstream students?▪Although Ms. Eady has worked more with special needs students than mainstream students, she believes that they bully just as much as undiagnosed students.