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Using the RTI Model for Behavior Intervention

written by: Keren Perles • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 9/11/2012

Think that the RTI model is only useful for academic underachievers? Think again. The RTI model can also be used to correct behavioral issues. Read on for information about how to use RtI for behavior intervention.

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    Tiers for Behavioral Intervention

    The concept of RTI is built around the idea of tiers. In order to use RTI for behavioral intervention, it is necessary to reevaluate the manifestation of the “tier." Instead of a student who needs Tier 2 interventions leaving the Tier 1 classroom entirely, the Tier 2 interventions need to take place within the Tier 1 classroom. Because of this, the interventions at each tier including the following:

    • Tier 1 (these interventions apply equally to all students) – school-wide discipline plan, instruction in proper social skills and conflict resolution, consistent school-wide behavioral expectations
    • Tier 2 – communication between parent and teacher, behavioral motivational charts, positive and negative reinforcement as needed
    • Tier 3 – referral to school psychologist, discussion with rest of RTI team, support from paraeducator, possibility of finding an alternative placement for the student

    Of course, during the second and third tiers, teachers should record data as to which behavioral modification strategies were used, their effects, and any changes that the student has undergone. This data should be used to determine which behavioral strategies are working and which should be reconsidered in order to improve them.

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    Intervention Strategies to Improve Behavior

    Any of the following intervention strategies can be used to improve a student’s behavior. These strategies should be tried at each tier of the RTI process, as needed. The teacher should take data as to the effectiveness of each intervention strategy and should share the results with the RTI team involved with the student.

    • Motivational charts
    • Removal from peer support
    • Negative consequences
    • Active listening
    • I-centered statements
    • Praising, rather than simply criticizing
    • Giving the student a way to save face
    • Cooling off period
    • Using self-calming strategies with student
    • Use of humor to diffuse the situation
    • Offering choices

    These techniques can help you use RTI for behavior intervention. This breakthrough method can truly make a difference in the behavior of your students.

RtI Interventions

What is RtI? This series of articles will examine the RtI model as it relates to teachers. It will give guidance in intervention strategies, as well as on how to use RtI for behavioral and academic management.
  1. Using the RTI Model for Behavior Intervention
  2. Implementing RtI: Tier 1 Strategies That Really Work!
  3. How to Use the RtI Model for Academic Intervention