Video Summary: What if my child’s disability affects their behavior?

This video covers the topic of discipline as it pertains to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Over the next few sections, we will cover discipline in both a simplified and in-depth manner, and they should give you a good idea of what happens your child’s behavior starts becoming an issue. Most forms of intervention under IDEA don’t come into play until your child has been removed from school for more than ten days as a result of their behavior. But in most cases, direct intervention is avoidable; if you begin to see your child exhibiting behaviors you think may be a problem, you should contact your child’s teachers and IEP team immediately and address the issue.

If you think your child may have a problem, you can conduct a functional behavior assessment (which is a simple test of different behaviors your child may have), develop a behavior plan, or implement any number of solutions with the IEP team before official intervention has to take place. Ideally the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) of the IDEA regarding discipline should not have to be enforced, so it’s important that you keep track of how your child is doing not just academically, but emotionally. In particular, you should monitor your child between during grades three and four to make sure they aren’t struggling with school.

But should the CFR come into play, the next few sections will make sure you understand what’s going on if your child is removed from school for more than ten days due to behavior issues.