The Behavior Code

The Behavior Code A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport, MD
cloth, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-137-6
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Pub. Date: April 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-268-7
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Pub. Date: April 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-136-9
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Based on a collaboration dating back nearly a decade, the authors—a behavioral analyst and a child psychiatrist—reveal their systematic approach for deciphering causes and patterns of difficult behaviors and how to match them with proven strategies for getting students back on track to learn.

Praise

Teaching is an art, but it’s one that can be improved with science. Based on what we have learned in the field of psychology, The Behavior Code gives teachers the tools to transform the behavior patterns of some of their most challenging students. By using this essential book, teachers—instead of punishing or writing off troubled students—can get them onto a path for success. — Geoffrey Canada, president and ceo, Harlem Children’s Zone

The Behavior Code is truly a godsend. Concisely written and easy to read, this book offers a framework for creating successful behavioral plans. I predict that once teachers and principals begin to apply the authors’ approach for understanding and changing problematic behavior, they’ll never look elsewhere for help again. Buy it, read it, use it, read it again and again—and pass it on! — William S. Pollack, associate clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

This book is an essential guide for teachers and school personnel who find themselves in daily contact with students presenting with difficult behaviors. The authors outline an intervention procedure that is easily implemented in a busy classroom with multiple demands. Too often, behavioral intervention plans require so much attention to detail that teachers soon decide to disengage. Not so with the FAIR plan. By providing clear instructions and helpful examples, the authors promote a plan that prevents inappropriate behaviors while reinforcing socially acceptable alternatives. — LeAdelle Phelps, professor of counseling/school psychology, University at Buffalo, SUNY

The Behavior Code needs to be read by all teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents! The message is simple: our students’ challenging behaviors will continue if we only provide them with punishment- and reward-based consequences. Our job as caregivers is to understand our students’ dilemmas and teach them better coping strategies. The authors do not shy away from difficult topics, such as the students who say, ‘I don’t care,’ or who demonstrate sexualized behavior. This book is complete with supportive advice for teachers dealing with the challenging student and worksheets for organizing one’s own teaching around the FAIR Plan thoroughly described in this book. Waste no more time spinning your wheels with challenging students; allow yourself to be guided by the interventions articulated so well in the pages of this book. — Michelle Garcia Winner, founder, Social Thinking®

The Behavior Code is filled with wise and very concrete suggestions for K–6 educators and school counselors. This book insightfully illuminates the nature of anxious, oppositional, withdrawn, and overly sexualized behaviors. And it provides detailed, helpful suggestions that support school personnel anticipating and addressing these kind of challenging—and often, overwhelming—behaviors. — Jonathan Cohen, president, National School Climate Center

A practical guide that will help teachers understand and improve their students’ behavior and reduce the stress on everyone. This book is useful for experienced teachers and a great introduction for the student teacher or new school consultant. I was especially impressed by the originality and creativity of the materials provided and the many sample recommendations. — Michael Jellinek, MD, chief of child psychiatry service, Massachusetts General Hospital, and

Teachers and school mental health consultants will find this book a major resource; it’s eminently instructive and practical in guiding their work with students who have emotional and/or behavioral problems. The very experienced authors combine functional behavioral analysis with a more in-depth understanding about four common types of challenging students, and provide a wealth of strategies for optimally changing, teaching, and interacting with such children. — Richard E. Mattison, MD, director of school consultation and professor of psychiatry, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

The Behavior Code presents a cogent, succinct, highly readable support system for teachers, behavior specialists, and site administrators. Authors Rappaport and Minahan employ the process of Antecedent/Behavior/Consequence data collection/methodology coupled with case studies to illustrate its practicality and application. The manual is highly useful for staff professional development related to student behavior support plans and behavior intervention plans, both of which support improved student learning. — Leslie M. Codianne, associate superintendent of student support services, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

This was an excellent book with really unique ideas on how to help children with challenging behaviors channel their energies in acceptable ways. This is the best book I’ve ever read on the topic, hands down. — Teacher's Toolbox

The Behavior Code needs to be read by all teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents from cover to cover! I felt Minahan and Rappaport were speaking to me, an elementary teacher and a mom. I felt they knew me, and knew those students who kept me awake at night. Teachers, this book is written by authors who KNOW what our jobs are like. — Lorna d’Entremont, Special Needs Book Review

This text takes us one step closer toward blending the education and mental health worlds, extracting the best strategies from both, and applying them to challenging cases. As child psychiatrists become even more embedded in schools, consulting to some of the most challenging students, the resources in The Behavior Code are helpful, practical tools we can offer teachers with whom we work. — Sheryl H. Kataoka, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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About the Authors

Jessica Minahan is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator who is currently employed in the Newton (Mass.) public school system as a district-wide behavior analyst.

Nancy Rappaport is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide (Basic Books, 2009).