Behaviour Exceptionality

What it is

A formal exceptionality, identified by an Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC), in the category of Behaviour.

Teaching Strategies


• Offer the student choices for learning activities and the order in which to complete tasks.
• Break down multiple step instructions; consider the use of checklists.
• Make an effort to positively build rapport with the student.
• When possible, speak to the student in private to avoid an audience.
• Develop alternate programming for the student that meet the student’s needs, based on current level of achievement/baseline.
• Develop a regular communication system with parents/guardians.
• Reinforce positive behaviours as much as possible.
• Consider referral to a non-teacher professional for assessment.


• Post classroom rules and consequences.
• Seat the student in a spot to minimize negative behaviour.
• Provide a break/time out location.
• Use stress balls/fidget toys.


• Offer an alternative location for tests.
• Allow extended time for tests/assignments.
• Provide a supervised physical break from testing.
• Allow the student to use a computer .
• Provide choice of assessments to demonstrate learning.
• Give advance notice of tests.
• Allow open book tests.

• DSM-v

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition
Used by non-teacher medical and/or psychological professionals to diagnosis various conditions.

What to watch for and communicate immediately to administrator, if observed.

Learning and behaviour checklist

Tips on programming, teaching, preventing, transitioning, expectations and consequences.