Challenging Behavior

What to Do When Your Child Exhibits Dangerous Behavior

Learn the importance of understanding the causes of severe behavior and how to intervene appropriately. Discover when a family should seek help and learn what Ohio resources exist to support families.

PPM Sensory Processing

Parent Packaged Materials
Sensory Processing: Implications for Behavior and Learning

Gain knowledge about behaviors related to sensory difficulties and learn how to make environmental modifications to accommodate an individual's sensory challenges.

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The Family Crisis Handbook
How to cope when a loved one with a developmental disability experiences mental health or behavioral issues

Learn about resources developed by professionals, parents and advocates in New Jersey provides families with service and treatment information and practical tips so that they can more effectively advocate for their loved one during a behavioral crisis as well as planning for their future. While system information in this guide addresses services in New Jersey, it also identifies the roles of the many professionals families may encounter, describes the types of medications that may be helpful, and provides support learning to advocate for appropriate services for their family member.

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Restraint and Seclusion

Students with disabilities make up 70% of students who are subject to restraint and seclusion in schools. Often these children are between the ages of 6 and 10 years of age. Parents of children with disabilities whose exhibit challenging behavior have reason to be concerned because restraint and seclusion can have serious consequences and there is no evidence to support that it is effective in reducing problem behavior. The goal is to make sure that schools are safe and have healthy environments where all students can learn, develop and participate in programs that promote high levels of academic achievement.

On January 15, 2013, the Ohio State Board of Education approved the policy on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) and Restraint and Seclusion. On April 9, 2013, the Ohio State Board of Education approved Rule 3301-35-15, Standards for the implementation of positive behavior intervention supports and the use of restraint and seclusion. More information here.

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a new publication, Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document. It outlines 15 principles for educators, parents, school districts and others to consider when developing policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion. Learn more here.