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Understanding why a kid is exhibiting challenging behavior is one of the most important parts of helping him or her. If you've explored the LEARN section of this website, then you already know why kids are challenging: they're lacking the skills not to be challenging. Challenging behavior occurs when the demands of the environment exceed a kid's capacity to respond adaptively. That being the case, your first goal is to identify the skills that are lagging in the kid you're trying to understand and help. Your second goal is to identify the specific conditions (these are called unsolved problems) in which challenging behavior is occurring. In other words, with whom, over what, where, and when are challenging episodes occurring? It's very hard to do Plan B without knowing the specific problems you're trying to solve. The goal of intervention is to solve those problems... collaboratively.
There are three instruments that can help you accomplish these missions. The first -- called the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) –- is used to identify lagging skills and unsolved problems. There's a revised (2011) version of the ALSUP intended to facilitate the flow of information that occurs in discussions aimed at identifying lagging skills and unsolved problems (just click on the link below). The second instrument –- called the Plan B Flowchart –- was designed to help you keep track of the unsolved problems you’re currently working on and where you are in the process of solving them. And the third -- the Plan B Cheat Sheet -- provides you with key components you'll want to keep in mind while you're doing Plan B. These forms are now available in multiple languages (see below)! Download them here, and then copy and use them...often!
And if you need a one-page description of Dr. Greene's approach, we have that, too! (CLICK HERE)
Click here for the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP, Revised 11-12-12)
Click here for the Plan B Flowchart
Click here for the Plan B Cheat Sheet (Revised 11-12-12)
Finally! The Paperwork in multiple languages (with more to come):