Behavior Plans: How to Create One and Improve Life at Home

Children have been back to school for over a month and the dreaded phone calls from school have started.  You are distraught and totally emotional.  You are overwhelmed because you know it’s hard to control your child’s emotions and actions.  Especially when they are away from you at school.  Perhaps home life isn’t any better.  Schedules have become increasingly more demanding with homework, projects, and after school activities.  Everyone is a little more stressed.  Behavior plans are a great way to improve your child’s behavior.

Every child would behave appropriately — if they could. Because misbehavior is symptomatic of an underlying disability that’s intensified by situational triggers, behavior plans should more aptly be thought of as teaching plans.  Good Behavior Plans reward children for appropriate behavior and prevent undesirable behavior.  They can be simple and target 1-2 behaviors for preschoolers or they can be used for teens that are highly motivated by rewards like access to a car or money.

Here are some common causes of behavior problems in children:

  • Difficulty regulating their emotions (staying calm when frustrated);
  • Flexible thinking (only one way to do something); and
  • Taking another person’s perspective (it’s my way or the highway).

Behavior plans work.  As a parent you need patience, consistency and the ability to follow through.  You might also need a coach to help guide the way.  A qualified coach can create the appropriate behavior plan and improve your life at home!

Katherine Price coaches parents on everything from behavior modification plans to IEP goals.  She helps DC area parents get the ADHD help and resources they need by guiding them through the options available to them, connecting with the right people, and making a workable, affordable plan for the whole family.  For more information about ADHDC, go to


2 thoughts on “Behavior Plans: How to Create One and Improve Life at Home

  1. I so know this feeling. Before my son was diagnosed I dreaded those phone calls from the school about his behavior. My son has ADD and has really made strides with his IEP that focuses on his good behavior and having a place to go calm down when he is having a meltdown. It’s not perfect, he has good weeks and bad weeks. But there is also more to this puzzle that has yet to be addressed too. 🙂 Every day we keep at it, hoping to get to the point where we are having many more good days than bad.

    • The phone calls decrease and before you know it, you don’t run to look at the caller ID! We all make mistakes and have bad days. Kids just don’t know how to handle the bad ones emotionally but over time they get better. I say, focus on effort not the outcome. Focus on what the child does right after their mistake. Do they apologize, write a sorry note, or show remorse? That counts!

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