Behavior Consultation Program

Current Issues for School Districts

Low incidence and special needs populations can present challenging behaviors that can quickly overwhelm the resources of a classroom teacher. Without careful problem analysis and planning, these behavior issues may impact the student’s ability to benefit from instruction, intrude on the learning of others, and evolve into a host of complicated issues surrounding discipline, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), and the need for expensive (and often ineffective) aide services. Unresolved, the unfortunate outcome of many of these issues is unsatisfied parents who seek outside counsel, second opinions, or legal representation.

To improve results for member districts, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) has created a behavior consultation model that combines best practice approaches to behavior issues with the support of a specialized consultant who understands the realities of working in a special education classroom. The MVESC Behavior Consultation Program uses a teacher with special education qualifications who has specialized training and experience working with behavioral difficulties in low incidence populations, such as students with multiple disabilities and autism. The MVESC School Psychology department offers supervision and secondary support for the program that involves consultation for the development of functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans.

What can the Behavior Consultant Provide for My District?
The MVESC Behavior Counsultant will work directly with your staff to provide any of the following services:

  • Classroom evaluations to maximize Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) efforts at a classroom and individual level
    We will provide and model suggested techniques within the classroom and for specific students.
  • Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) of student behavior issues
    Data collection tools may be used to better understand the nature of the presenting behavior issue.

  • Development of individualized behavior plans for student issues
    Once the functional reason for a behavior is identified and data about current levels of the issue is known, the consultant may create a behavior plan based on applied behavioral principles to provide the highest likelihood of positively impacting the issue of concern.  The behavior consultant will then help with initial implementation efforts and provide ongoing consultation if the plan needs review or revision in the future. 

  • Development of data-driven objectives for student behavior issues that can be translated into measurable Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals
    Defensible IEP goals and behavior plans may be designed to show the impact of intervention on the behavior of concern.
  • Provide focused training for paraprofessionals and one-on-one aides
    Many efforts at Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) supports can involve the decision to employ an aide for a child.  The behavior teacher/consultant will be able to help insure that their time with the student will be used in the most proactive way to meet the behavioral objectives established in the IEP. 
  • Professional development activities
    We are able to offer useful professional development tools that highlight the use of PBIS and help define restraint and seclusion issues, explain applied behavioral principles and techniques for teachers, and improve outcomes for educational programs.

The Behavior Consultation Program Gets Results!
The graphs below show a student's behaviors on a monthly average. By carefully assessing the functions of exhibited behaviors and applying evidence-based, behavior analytic principles, we can implement effective classroom interventions that are designed for teacher use and will help students overcome their problematic behaviors. In addition to improving students outcomes, our involvement is designed to build capacity in your staff so they can resolve similar issues in the future.

Meet the Behavior Consultant

Adam McElhaney

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education License
  • Intervention Specialist License

Have Questions?

For more information about the Behavior Consultation Program, contact Adam McElhaney at 740-452-4518, ext. 1185 or email at

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