Behavior Support Services

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. PBIS Link
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.”  Mandt
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 adverse behaviors which interfere with the learning of self or others. 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. When this happens, AEP is sometimes considered. 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 catchup due to prolonged excused absences, etc. 

Behavior Staff
Monica Kurtz
Behavior Support Coordinator
Special Needs/ACCESS
Keri Sluyter
Behavior Support Coordinator
Middle School/High School
Kristi Townshend
Behavior Support Coordinator
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DAEP Teacher
Roy Lotz
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