WHAT IS A BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION SPECIALIST (BIS)?
A Behavior Intervention Specialist (BIS), is a skilled practitioner who supports students and teachers of students who are exhibiting
behavior difficulties that cannot be handled through normal classroom procedures. The BIS works with individuals or groups in
order to facilitate positive and healthy behavior. Using his or her primary expertise in education, psychology, counseling or other
related field, the BIS uses assessments to gather information to develop an appropriate intervention plan. The BIS sets goals for
behavioral changes, monitors the client, assesses progress and modifies behavioral plans if necessary.
The BIS works with the school team to provide a comprehensive approach to behavior management that includes evaluation, data
collection, interventions and regular monitoring. In crisis situations, the BIS may also design a plan to address immediate dangers
or threats. The BIS may also provide referral to another expert if required. The BIS also supports schools by reviewing/analyzing
discipline data and recommending positive behavior supports and other alternative programs to decrease office discipline
referrals and suspensions.