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Behavior Checklist

Behavior Checklist and Strengths and Needs


Do you have a student(s) or child that exhibits some behavioral difficulties? Does he/she struggle to build and or maintain interpersonal relationships with others? Does he/she act out compulsively or display excessive fears, anxieties? Does he or she feel angry on a regular basis? If so, read and answer yes or no to the following checklist items to help you determine if this child has a behavior disorder or disability:

  • The bad days tend to out number the good days.
  • Difficulty sitting still?
  • Often acts out compulsively without considering the consequences?
  • Usually is disorganized and will often forget books, papers, lunches etc.
  • Seems to have more mood swings than normal.
  • Acts in a cruel manner or makes fun of others.
  • Often rebels and won't follow rules or routines.
  • Is often negative and oppositional to others.
  • Has a short attention span.
  • Seems to have a short fuse.
  • Has difficulty sitting still and seems quite fidgity.
  • Lashes out, is unpredictable and explosive.
  • Lacks enthusiasm.
  • Rarely shows empathy, very apathetic to the needs of others.

If you've answered yes to a number of the items above, you will want to find out what strategies work to support children with behavior disorders. First of all, it's also important to find a few strengths to begin with. Finding a few strengths will help to build some confidence. Before moving on with a plan of intervention, communication between home and school to determine the strengths should be a first priority. To help you determine what the strengths may be, check the following list:

  • Competent in physical activities?
  • Accepts responsibility in certain situations - which ones?
  • Likes being read to or likes to read.
  • Appropriate behavior when.........(playing sports? games? watching TV?)
  • Very good with pets and animals.
  • Much can be done to help the student with a behavior disorder. The earlier the problem is detected and earlier intervention is given, the better the outcome and success will be.

    Check the related resources to find out how to begin a plan that will help this child be successful.

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