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The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

The Behavior Code


Dr. Rappaport's newest book, The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Jessica Minahan, published 2012 by Harvard Education Press.

Based on a collaboration dating back nearly a decade, the authors—a behavioral analyst and a child psychiatrist—reveal their systematic approach for deciphering causes and patterns of difficult behaviors and how to match them with proven strategies for getting students back on track to learn.

The Behavior Code includes user-friendly worksheets and other helpful resources.

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The Behavior Code needs to be read by all teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents! The message is simple: our students’ challenging behaviors will continue if we only use punishments or rewards. Our job as caregivers is to understand our students’ dilemmas and teach them better coping strategies. The authors do not shy away from difficult topics, such as the students who say, ‘I don’t care,’ or who demonstrate sexualized behavior. This book is complete with supportive advice for teachers dealing with the challenging student and worksheets for organizing one’s own teaching around the FAIR Plan thoroughly described in this book. Waste no more time spinning your wheels with challenging students; allow yourself to be guided by the interventions articulated so well in the pages of this book.

- Michelle Garcia Winner, Founder, Social Thinking
The Behavior Code is filled with wise and very concrete suggestions for K–6 educators and school counselors. This book insightfully illuminates the nature of anxious, oppositional, withdrawn, and overly sexualized behaviors. And it provides detailed, helpful suggestions that support school personnel anticipating and addressing these kind of challenging—and often, overwhelming—behaviors.

- Jonathan Cohen, President, National School Climate Center

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