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Working to improve the life of individuals with ASD is the ultimate goal of families and professionals. Part of this improvement may involve addressing challenging behaviors. This module will discuss development of effective behavior intervention plans, and provide resources and guides for use.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 27 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Describe the purpose of the behavior intervention plan and its relation to the function-based treatment process
  2. Identify the critical components of a behavior intervention plan
  3. Describe how each component of the BIP can be linked to the function of an individual's problem behavior

Module Authors

Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D.

Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville. He has 20 years of experience working with children with autism in a broad range of contexts. He has presented his research findings at numerous professional conferences (i.e., Council for Exceptional Children, Association for Behavior Analysis, Division of Early Childhood, American Council of Rural Special Education) and has recently published articles in Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Education and Treatment of Children, and Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

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