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The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students [Paperback]

by Jessica Minahan, Nancy Rappaport
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 19, 2012 1612501362 978-1612501369 1
Based on a collaboration dating back nearly a decade, the authors a behavioral analyst and a child psychiatrist reveal their 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.

The Behavior Code includes user-friendly worksheets and other helpful resources.

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Editorial Reviews


Teaching is an art, but it s one that can be improved with science. Based on what we have learned in the field of psychology, The Behavior Code gives teachers the tools to transform the behavior patterns of some of their most challenging students. By using this essential book, teachers instead of punishing or writing off troubled students can get them onto a path for success. --Geoffrey Canada, president and ceo, Harlem Children s Zone

The Behavior Code is truly a godsend. Concisely written and easy to read, this book offers a framework for creating successful behavorial 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

About the Author

Jessica Minahan is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator who is currently employed in the Newton (Mass.) public school system as a district-wide behavior analyst. Nancy Rappaport is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother s Suicide (Basic Books, 2009).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press; 1 edition (April 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612501362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612501369
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By txmama
The Behavior Code, by Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport, is built on the idea that "behavior is communication" (p. 15) and that kids' actions represent their efforts to solve problems. Minahan and Rappaport specify that behavior can serve one or more of four functions: gaining attention, escaping something undesirable, gaining something desirable, and obtaining sensory satisfaction. Teachers need to look at kids' behaviors and figure out what they communicate in order to respond effectively. Minahan and Rappaport provide a template for interpreting challenging behaviors called the ABC data sheet (Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence; p. 204).

Minahan and Rappaport also claim that behavior occurs in patterns with antecedents and responses as bookends (p. 23), and they provide an acronym to help teachers remember how to approach behaviors: F.A.I.R. stands for Functional hypothesis of behavior and antecedent analysis, Accommodations, Interaction Strategies, and Response Strategies (p. 31). This acronym means that when kids exhibit challenging behaviors, teachers should consider what occurred immediately before the behavior (antecedents). Then, they should plan accommodations that prevent those antecedents from arising until the student has been trained in underdeveloped skills. While the student is learning replacement behaviors, coping strategies, and new skills, the teacher should engage in relationship building (interaction strategies) so that the student trusts him or her and is comfortable. Finally, if challenging behaviors still occur, despite the teacher's efforts, Minahan and Rappaport recommend response strategies to decrease the likelihood that they will occur again.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Suzanne
Jessica has finally shared her most successful behavioral interventions! I have worked with her for years and find myself wondering what Jess would do with this really challenging kiddo. Now, I can look it up! Thank you Jess - for all the time and energy you have invested in making sure that the rest of us can benefit from your intelligence and creativity. I highly recommend this book for even slightly challenging kids. I have to admit that I have modified some of the interventions to use with my son and occasionally... my husband (shh, don't tell).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expert help May 23, 2012
By Amy
The Behavior Code provides know-how and guidance to over-extended teachers working to meet the needs of all their students, while being drained by the demands of the most challenging few. The authors have made it their mission to enable teachers to reach their most demanding, at-risk students -and maintain an effective learning environment. This timely book provides a proven approach with constructive practices that can be readily implemented. The Behavior Code sends the hopeful and reassuring message that all children, including those with mental health issues, are able to be successful learners and valued members of our school community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for teachers December 8, 2012
As an experienced teacher, I found this book to be a survival guide. It was a realistic resource to use with my most challenging students in a diverse, urban setting. This book provided me the necessary tools to assist my students who have challenging behaviors to interact positively with their peers. Once I established these easy, practical routines and strategies it gave me time to focus on teaching and have less daily interruptions. Is this not the goal of every classroom teacher, new or experienced?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for parents and teachers! December 2, 2012
By Dr.
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This book is an excellent resource. Although I am not a teacher, I am a parent of a child with anxiety and the tips and suggestions in this book has been so helpful. This book was so good that I bought a copy for my son's school so that all the teachers had the opportunity to use it as a resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Behavior Code May 12, 2012
By Caitlin
The Behavior Code is a valuable resource for school clinicians, administrators and teachers alike. Not only does The Behavior Code help treaters understand the whole child and what factors contribute to disruptive behavior, it also provides concrete, classroom friendly interventions and resources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So practical! May 12, 2012
This book has some fantastic, concrete strategies for teachers and school administrators to use when dealing with difficult behavior! I've been looking for a good reference to share with fellow educators, and I'm happy to finally find a source with workable strategies. It is easy to use and understand. I recommend it to anyone who works with students in the classroom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parents need this, too! May 7, 2012
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As a parent, I believe that all kids feel anxious, angry, or depressed occasionally. School can be tough on bad days, but we need help at home, too. The Behavior Code methods may be designed for the schoolroom, but I am so happy to have something to try at home, too! Just a couple of tips have helped already! Every parent can use this advice. We want to do everything we can to help our kids and give them good life tools. This book really helps.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I read a journal article about this book and it's authors, which had some great strategies with handling students with behavioral I just HAD to get the book!
Published 2 months ago by Leslie K. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I would recommend this book for anyone that works with children. A nice refresher for seasoned teachers, and an excellent resource for new teachers.
Published 7 months ago by Cathy Karowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for schools
This book provides both an easy checklist of strategies and the reasoning behind why they work. I like the part on interaction strategies. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ron Thornbury
3.0 out of 5 stars More for Teachers
Book was useful and had good ideas, but was somewhat disappointed that book was more oriented towards teachers than parents.
Published 13 months ago by Julian M. Dong
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource
Readable, useful information for elementary school teachers and support staff. Helps make the challenges of young children more understandable, and suggests do-able interventions.
Published 13 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching...
I found this book to contain such a wonderful balance of behaviorist and relationship-based approaches in working with challenging students. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Angela McMahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all SPED teachers and Parents of a child w/ special...
This is a must read book by someone who really understands the classrooms that children with challenging behavior will realistically be a member of and the teachers that will be... Read more
Published 16 months ago by christine almeida
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource
Having worked with Jessica for a number of years I have experienced first hand the power of her expertise. Read more
Published 16 months ago by EE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, practical guide.
This has been like the Bible to me since becoming a teacher's aide to a student with behavioral problems. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bonnie L. Lawfer
5.0 out of 5 stars MD-Child and adolescent psychiatry fellow-Harvard Medical School;...
Well written, and "a must read"!; The books I'd read more than once are very few, and the Behavior Code is one of them; I use it as a reference book, and an inspirational tool... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Airamty
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