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Behavior & Curriculum Intervention

Photo of student with specially prepared curriculum materialsBoard of DD behavior and curriculum intervention specialists provide a free service, working collaboratively with school-age students, families and staff in public schools throughout the county to ensure that children with special needs receive the appropriate services and supports for a successful educational experiences. These experienced and highly trained professionals support school staff and families through specific behavioral and curricular interventions and supports in the home, school and community. 

The behavior and curriculum intervention specialists believe that:

  • Positive behavior supports are effective for everyone.
  • All individuals can learn.
  • All people are capable of change.
  • Collaboration is the catalyst for change.
  • The process of working towards positive solutions is a dynamic one that requires perseverance.

Photo of specialist working with parent on customizing curriculum materials All our intervention specialists hold certifications as multi-handicap instructors, with an average of 25 years of teaching experience. Their experience ranges across all school-age eligible situations. With all the specialists having received training in the application of positive behavioral supports from the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis, they are also highly skilled in designing functional activities to support a functional curriculum. In addition, all continue to engage in ongoing training and professional development in autism, behavior assessment, severe disabilities, functional curriculum and current best practice.  

What can these specialists do for school personnel and parents/guardians with children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum, exhibit challenging behaviors and/or have multiple disabilities?

  • Conduct functional assessments of challenging behaviors
  • Design, implement and provide ongoing support of behavior plans
  • Assist in IEP development and attend IEP meetings as related to the support of behavior plans
  • Develop and implement a functional curriculum appropriate for various educational settings
  • Consult on classroom engineering and assist with classroom design to maximize learning through the use of visual supports
  • Provide support and staff training on topics including autism, multiple disabilities, behavioral issues, functional curriculum, positive programming and teaching strategies
  • Present staff inservice programs
  • Offer in-home support for families of individuals with challenging behaviors and assist in functional skill acquisition
  • Present to parent groups
  • Fabricate needed behavior support materials

These services are available year-round for Cuyahoga County parents/guardians and public school teachers and students, ages 5-22, who are eligible for Board of DD services.  

For more information about these services, including referrals and/or eligibility, call or email Bob Trapp or call (216) 362-6450.

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Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1275 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1129
PHONE: (216)241-8230 - FAX: (216)861-0253