Texas School for the Deaf provides a full array of behavior support services for all students. Our Behavior Support Coordinators provide training to school and residential staff and participate in student support team meetings.
Our behavior team participates in the evaluation process and is responsible for creating, implementing, and monitoring behavior programming. When working to support an individual student, they work with school and dorm staff to assist in identifying the root cause of negative behavior using an effective problem-solving process. Comprehensive support plans involving the use of positive behavior support strategies are developed by the school to include the teaching of appropriate interpersonal and/or social skills. TSD also provides a student support room in each department where students can problem solve, calm, and take a necessary break.
Texas School for the Deaf uses Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) strategies to assist students in learning responsible and appropriate behavior. https://www.pbis.org/
TSD also uses conscious discipline https://consciousdiscipline.com/. It provides students with the practical skills we need to manage our thoughts, feeling and actions. Conscious discipline helps children who are physically aggressive (survival state) or verbally aggressive (emotional state) become more integrated so they can learn and use problem-solving skills (executive state).
TSD also employs the MANDT system as our Tier One level of support. “One of the main goals of The Mandt System® is to teach you how to effectively manage a potentially negative or even dangerous situation by first calming your emotional response and managing your own behavior so you can interact with other people positively. We do this by teaching principles, not techniques, in all our programs.” http://www.mandtsystem.com. Mandt for Families is a great tool to help caregivers create consistency and predictability at home. Families will benefit from their proven relationship building healthy communication and conflict resolution techniques. Learn more at www.mandt4families.com or email Elizabeth.Sterling@tsd.state.tx.us.
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
The Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) was established in response to the Texas Safe School Act, 1995. The Texas Safe School Act requires districts to provide an alternative educational setting for students who engage in dangerous behaviors which require a student to be moved away from their peers or regular staff/teachers for a period of time not to exceed 45 school days. In order for a student to be placed in DAEP, a Manifestation Determination Meeting must be conducted. If the ARD committee deems that a DAEP placement is appropriate, the student will be moved to this setting. TSD's DAEP supports students in maintaining their academic success as well as providing the necessary skills to become safe, responsible, and respectful in all settings. This includes counseling support and behavioral support both during the time a child is serving DAEP and after they return to class.
Alternative Education Program (AEP)
Texas School for the Deaf understands that not all students are the same. Some students struggle to remain in class or with relating to peers in an appropriate way while also trying to learn. When this happens, AEP is sometimes recommended. This placement is used for short term, targeted support so students can continue their coursework in a small self-contained setting. This placement is not used for disciplinary reasons. It is used so that students can get the support they need and then return to classes. Some reasons for this placement may be medication stabilization or catch up due to prolonged excused absences, etc.