The Behavior CodeA Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students
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.
Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport – a behavior analyst and a child psychiatrist – reveal 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 so they can learn effectively.
We provide the conceptual background for breaking the code of what we believe are the four most challenging students in the classroom: students with anxiety-related, oppositional, withdrawn and sexualized behaviors. We provide, in a user-friendly format, a different kind of behavior intervention plan — we call it the FAIR plan — that outlines effective interventions for students demonstrating these challenging behaviors.
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
The Behavior Code needs to be read by all teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents! The message is simple: our student’s challenging behaviors will continue if we only use punishments or rewards. Our job as caregivers is to understand our students’ dilemmas and teach then 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 the 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
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 kinds of challenging — and often, overwhelming — behaviors.Jonathan Cohen
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
Teacher 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 an 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
The Behavior Code presents a cogent, succinct, highly readable support system for teachers, behavior specialists, and site administrators. Authors Rappaport and Minahanemploy the process of Antecedent/Behavior/Consequence data collection 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