A person's behavior is like a clue in a mystery story. It reveals and it conceals. It leads and it misleads. It speaks a variety of messages and serves a variety of purposes. It is affected by the situations in which it occurs, by the response that it receives, and by the depth of the need that it conveys. It is as complex as the person who uses it, and who is, too often, defined by it.
This can be especially true for someone with special needs, who might not always be able to tell us what’s wrong, what they need, or how to help.
The process that you have before you is a team discussion tool for the development of respectful and successful behavioral strategies for individuals with special needs and those who support them. It is parent-friendly, teacher-useful, non-technical, jargon-free, and respectful of the thoughts and feelings of everyone involved. It is the result of more than 30 years of experience with literally thousands of students and their teams.
The Social Learning Profile is useful for families, teachers, paraprofessionals, social workers, behavioral specialists, psychologists, advocates, day programs, group home personnel, and anyone who is searching for a values-based, person-centered approach to assessing and addressing complex behavioral issues for persons with special needs.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jeff Jacobs, M. Ed. is a Special Education Instructor and Behavior Support Teacher who worked for 42 years within Intermediate School District 287 in Minnesota.
Greg Cardelli, MA. Ed. is a Special Education Instructor and Behavior Support Teacher who worked for 37 years within Intermediate School District 287 in Minnesota.
Doug Boeckmann, BA. Psychology is a Manager with Axis Minnesota Inc., which provides homes and services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Doug has also worked as a part-time behavioral consultant with Intermediate School District 287 and for various residential homes and schools for 42 years.