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The Pyramid Model: Intensive Intervention

All children exhibit challenging behavior at some time. Children with severe and persistent challenging behavior are a small percentage. These children benefit from an Intensive Individualized Intervention. Using a functional behavior assessment, a team writes a plan for a particular child, carries it out, and continually reviews and updates the plan.
When there is a repeated pattern of challenging behavior, there is the concern that it will interfere with their optimal learning and ability to have positive interactions with others. The Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning identify the following as challenging behaviors when exhibited persistently:

  • Challenging behavior can include:
  • Physical and verbal aggression
  • Noncompliance and defiance
  • Self-injury
  • Disruptive vocal and motor responses such as screaming
  • Destruction of property
  • Withdrawn

An infant may exhibit these behaviors:

  • Attachment difficulties
  • Sleeping and eating difficulties
  • Excessive crying
  • Difficulty in soothing

Serious behaviors do not resolve themselves without intentional, systematic intervention. Not addressing challenging behaviors in young children can increase the likelihood that their behavior will escalate as they grow older.