Behavioral Services at NESCA

NESCA’s Behavioral Services department provides effective behavior interventions to a variety of populations in multiple settings. We specialize in working with children who have complex behavioral and learning profiles, such as those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, or autism spectrum disorders, as well as with children who exhibit anxiety-related, oppositional, sexualized and/or withdrawn behavior. We apply evidence-based practices that can be implemented in home and school settings.

From school staff training, behavior-intervention plan development and consultation to parent training and program consultation, NESCA is devoted to helping school professionals and parents build the capacity for utilizing best practices with children.

School Staff Training

All of our workshops are ready for presentation to your group. They feature a dynamic and interactive format with accompanying handouts and materials. Additional workshops can be developed to focus on specific clinical and behavioral issues to meet staff and student needs.

Available Trainings:
  • Rethinking Behavioral Interventions: Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety
  • Effective Intervention for Students with Sexualized Behavior
  • Behavioral and Educational Best Practices for Students with Mental Health Disabilities
  • Accepting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Students with Oppositional Behavior
  • The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety-Related and Disruptive Behavior
  • Reaching the Withdrawn Child
  • Proactive, preventative approach for reducing challenging behavior for students with Autism

School Consultation

It takes a village to support a child, especially students who often struggle despite best efforts to help them. With in-depth experience working in public schools, our staff collaboratively works with schools to identify how and why commonplace school factors, along with a student’s underdeveloped skills, contribute to challenging behavior. Hands-on demonstrations for teachers show best practices for intervening practically and effectively.

School-Based Behavior Program Consultation

Consultation is provided to ensure behavioral and educational best practices in programs for students with mental health disabilities, including whole class behavioral strategies, skill development, staff training and data collection.

Behavior Intervention Plan Development

A carefully designed behavior intervention plan will be created after observations of the child in school, interviews with practitioners and parents and data analysis. The plan will focus on the instruction of underdeveloped skills and accommodations, as well as outlines of optimal coping skills to handle stressful and frustrating moments.

These plans are designed to reduce a child’s inappropriate behaviors and increase functional behaviors through skill development. This helps a child learn to function independently while achieving personal goals.

NESCA behavioral staff will also review current IEP/Behavior Intervention Plans, making highly specific recommendations for refocusing, altering treatment/educational methodologies and suggesting ways to improve data collection, in order to determine if progress is being made.

Parent Training

Studies show that parenting methods that work for other children may not be effective for a child with special needs. Many parents have read every piece of advice available on solving challenging behavior, only to give up, exhausted and hopeless. NESCA offers a variety of parent education programs designed to teach effective behavioral techniques.

Home Consultation

Home consultation includes behavior assessment and creating a program to reduce challenging behaviors and teach appropriate skills, as well as providing coaching and support for parents implementing the program. These services help identify why a child may be engaging in challenging behavior and find ways to effectively intervene, as well as build on the skills a student already has and develop new social, communication, academic, and life skills, along with other positive behaviors.

Crisis Planning for School or Home

(i.e. Safety Plans, Bolting Plans, Threat Protocols, and Self-Harm/Suicide Protocols)

Having calm and organized adults in charge is one of the best ways to support a child in crisis. Crisis planning prepares staff, which not only prevents crisis escalation, but can also enhance the safety of everyone involved. Collaborating with school staff and parents, NESCA can offer protocol development and training.

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