Home > Case Studies > How Individual Education Programme Helped Behaviour: A Case Study

How Individual Education Programme Helped Behaviour: A Case Study

By: Sarah Edwards - Updated: 16 Aug 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
How Individual Education Programme Helped Behaviour: A Case Study

The concept of individual education plans for children with special needs, is good because it means that when a pupil is experiencing difficulties, those issues can be properly identified appropriate action decided on and taken and then a review carried out to assess the usefulness and effectiveness of the programme. For Alan, a pupil in his last year of primary school, an IEP was a good way to help him move forward and help his parents and teachers to work out why his behaviour was becoming increasingly challenging.

Significant Difficulties

Individual plans play an important role for children with significant difficulties, and for these pupils, and in Alan’s case, a tailor made approach may be needed. At one time, IEPs had a bad press as many tended to be too generic and didn’t always adequately assess each individual child.

Working Document

An individual plan is a working document, that all staff involved with the child’s education have regular input into and its design should allow for regular updates and comments (scribbled notes) by TAs, teachers and parents. In some schools, an extra sheet is attached to the IEP for daily/weekly updates, rather than waiting for the scheduled plan.

When staff decided to create an IEP for Alan, they spoke to his parents at length and explained how it was going to work to help him.

Plan of Action

Alan’s mum Elaine said: “It was made clear to us that the targets set for Alan would be achievable, short-term and specific, and that he would be involved in the setting of targets whenever possible. We were worried that we wouldn’t understand what all the jargon meant, but the IEP was written in a really clear and concise way that was easy to understand.”

Targets

To make sure that Alan was really benefiting from the IEP, new words and vocabulary were always explained, and he was encouraged to practise saying and writing new words, especially those with tricky spellings. Alan was allowed extra thinking time for answering a question, and checks were also made to make sure that he was wearing his glasses and that were clean so he could actually see out of them!

Outside of the Classroom

Targets were also set for behaviour outside the classroom, during breaks and lunchtime, when supervisors may also need to be aware of expectations and how to register achievements. Alan was actively involved in his IEP and given a lot of support. Elaine added: “We were so relieved when the teachers at Alan’s school suggested an IEP, we had no idea what one was but the plan sounded perfect to us.

"The fact that Alan was really involved in making the plan made a big difference to all of us. He suddenly had a great sense of responsibility and ownership and his behaviour in relation to his obvious difficulties started to make more sense to all of us. The root of Alan’s problems were linked closely to frustration because he has poor sight and vision and finds learning hard. The teachers keep a close eye on him and he is often asked for his feedback, which is excellent.”

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • whale
    Re: Children and Self-Harm
    My 8 year old brother has been scratching himself for a while when i tell him its time to shower or when i tell him to do something he…
    24 January 2021
  • naz
    Re: Grounding Children
    i've been grounded for ten years because of fortnite
    21 January 2021
  • Jizzy
    Re: Smacking and Children
    So im 12 and my mom has hit me many times before. I suffer from depression and PTSD from it. Sometimes when she moves her hand slightly too…
    8 January 2021
  • Jizzy
    Re: Grounding Children
    So im 12 years and the reason im in trouble for is private but long story short, my mom went through my phone when me and my friends were…
    8 January 2021
  • Mom
    Re: Grounding Children
    I am a mother of four. Three teenagers and an eight year old. I know from personal experience spankings don't work! It just makes the kids act…
    27 December 2020
  • AllyKat64
    Re: Children and Body Rocking
    Man I am 32 and MY chair in the livingroom is a rocking chair. I am open with my fam about it. Neither of my kids do it. I do it in my…
    23 December 2020
  • Imded
    Re: Grounding Children
    My parents grounded me for two months but they can’t see that it’s making me do worse. What should I do
    7 December 2020
  • Jojo
    Re: Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?
    My so 3 years old he can respond his name , when he is busy he doesn’t look at by calling him, he use lots of…
    27 November 2020
  • Reecy
    Re: Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?
    I'm in shock my daughter's is 8 now for the last 3 years I have suspected something was wrong. This site has just…
    10 November 2020
  • Marie
    Re: Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?
    My daughter is nearly 16 she has all the signs of adhd she does anything for attention she breaks things she lies…
    7 November 2020