Jessica Minahan

  • Special Educator
  • Author
  • Behavior Analyst

Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA

Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA

Since 2000 my goal has been to help clinicians, teachers and parents identify and understand the variables that cause students to act inappropriately. I’ve worked continuously with students who exhibited an infinite variety of behavior challenges in both urban and suburban public schools.

I show how commonplace school factors, as well as the student’s underdeveloped skills, contribute to his or her challenging behavior. I provide professionals with time-tested interventions that will lead their students to more appropriate, constructive behavior in and out of school. I give parents tools to continue the work at home.

Working together we can help every child achieve a positive and productive life.


The Behavior Code

Behavior Code

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Jessica’s First Book, The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport, was published by Harvard Education Press, April 19, 2012.

Learn a 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…

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The Behavior Code Companion

Behavior Code Companion

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Since its publication in 2012, The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students has helped countless classroom teachers, special educators, and others implement an effective, new approach to teaching focused on skill-building, practical interventions, and purposeful, positive interactions with students who have mental health disorders…

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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