What is a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)?
A Behavior Intervention Plan can be used as a “proactive action plan to address behavior(s) that are impeding learning of the student or others.” It is assumed that lesser interventions at Tier I and Tier II have not been successful. If developed for a student with an IEP or 504 plan, this becomes a part of those documents. A BIP includes “positive behavioral interventions, strategies and supports." Behavior Intervention Plans should focus on understanding ‘why’ the behavior occurred (i.e., ‘the function’ or ‘communicative intent’) then focus on teaching an alternative behavior that meets the student’s need in a more acceptable way. This includes making instructional and environmental changes, providing reinforcement, reactive strategies and effective communication. This is explained and outlined in the following manual.
BIP Desk Reference Manual
Additional PENT website materials helpful in developing behavior intervention plans include: