ERIC Number: ED399707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Disciplining Students with Disabilities.
Dwyer, Kevin P.
This report discusses disciplining children with disabilities in schools, in the context of the legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Practical concepts are explained in terms of the school's responsibility to: (1) maintain a safe environment; (2) teach a code of discipline to all students; (3) use the individualized educational program (IEP) as a vehicle for effective behavior management; (4) have the IEP team review the discipline code and determine what specialized help and instruction the child may need to understand the code; (5) make a child with a disability and the family aware of the discipline code and the consequences; (6) initiate an IEP team meeting for children who begin to demonstrate a pattern of behavior which may result in behavior problems; (7) require quick and deliberate administrative action for weapons violations; (8) conduct a manifestation review to determine if the student's behavior is related to the disability and whether the current placement is appropriate; (9) modify the IEP and, if necessary, the placement if it is determined that dangerous behavior is the result of the disability; and (10) subject a child with a disability to the regular discipline code of consequences if dangerous misconduct is found to be unrelated to his/her disability. (CR)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Discipline, Due Process, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Individualized Education Programs, Legal Responsibility, School Responsibility, Student Behavior, Suspension, Violence
National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of School Psychologists, Bethesda, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act