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On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, based on COVID-19 pandemic response efforts,  ordered all public schools and early childhood education programs to close through the end of the 2019-2020 academic school year.   

As a result, all Bucks County IU offices, programs, and services are closed through June 30, 2020. Families who receive services from the Bucks IU will continue to be provided a continuity of education through online or virtual platforms.

Responses to Right to Know requests will also be delayed until school offices open once again.

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Behavior Analysis

Puzzled child in foreground during consultation with behavior analyst

Utilizing a consultative approach, our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) provide support to classroom personnel regarding student behavior issues and positive behavior support plans. The Behavior Analyst will assess and monitor the child in their classroom by observing the student’s behavior, their interactions with others, and their environment. From this, a program can be prescribed to recommend adjustments to improve behaviors.  The Behavior Analyst may also provide staff training related to the suggested behavioral adjustments.

Being able to match a behavior to what might be the reason for its occurrence requires knowledge, patience, and skill as patterns are slowly discovered and defined. In many cases, it may be a combination of variables that result in an unwanted behavior. These can be personal to the child (e.g. being tired, sick, or hungry) and environmental (e.g. a sound sensitivity or about gaining attention).  We specialize in working with students with special needs, where our knowledge and experience can help better understand behaviors that may also be related to cognitive, communicative, or physical limitations.  

Our staff of Board Certified Behavior Analysts includes associate (BCaBA), master’s (BCBA) and doctoral-level personnel (BCBA-D credential). 

Working for the Student

All students receiving specially designed instruction must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed by a designated team of educators and service support providers, that is based on evaluations and observations. Our behavior analysts consult, coordinate, partner, and advocate for the student’s needs with the IEP team members to ensure that the supports they identified through their evaluation are integrated into the student’s classroom plan and structure.

This process is boosted significantly by our relationship with all Bucks County school districts, and knowledge of their services, allowing us to prescribe programs we are confident can be easily integrated.   Many of our services must be contracted by the school district the child attends and cannot be set-up directly with us. We are more than happy to see how we may be able to help you, or to direct you to the appropriate party in the school district.