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Examples of Behavior Definitions

EXAMPLES: when escalated will grip adult arms, hit/slap adults, kicks, tears things
off the walls, attempts to bite, self-harming (pulls at eyelashes, eyebrows, pick at
face, hit head on wall/floor)
NON-EXAMPLES: holding hands, taking things off the wall by adult request, giving
high fives
EXAMPLES: kicking, hitting, punching, pushing, using objects for physical contact,
verbally attacking peers
NON-EXAMPLES: brushing up against someone, accidental contact during physical
sports or bumping shoulders with peers
EXAMPLES: hitting, kicking, biting, scratching
NON-EXAMPLES: slamming books/objects down, swearing, name-calling, throwing
EXAMPLES: talking back to the teacher when given an instruction, redirected or
does not want to complete something, disrespectful back and forth talk with peers
including put downs and comments
NON-EXAMPLES: when student is using clarifying questions to teachers
EXAMPLES: using a loud voice to say things that are unrelated to the topic or
interrupts instruction*, using a loud voice to make other noises that interrupts
NON-EXAMPLES: times when whole class is involved in large group or small group
discussion and all students allowed to share ideas at once
Destructive Behavior:
EXAMPLES: throwing objects, pulling objects off shelf to floor, tearing up items
NON-EXAMPLES: messing up own papers/work, scribbling, not working, threatening
to throw something
Disruptive Behavior:
EXAMPLES: rolling around on the floor, laying on the floor, throwing self on floor,
running around the room, throwing materials, yelling or screaming, blurting
NON-EXAMPLES: yelling if hurt or scared, laying on the floor during a break,
throwing materials intended to be thrown

Disruptive Behaviors:
EXAMPLES: talking back to the teacher, calling names, walks away, throws items,
locks self in room, climbing on tables or counters, hiding
NON-EXAMPLES: saying no when given an option to decline, walking away to take a
break after requested or told, throwing trash into the trash can, roaming if going to
designated area
EXAMPLES: attempt to leave or run away from areas she is expected to be in, may
smile and look at adult before running or attempting to run away from them
NON-EXAMPLES: moving around the room during free time or when others are
allowed to move around without permission, running while appropriately playing
Inappropriate Language:
EXAMPLES: cussing, repetitive use of foul language, repetitive cussing to gain adult
NON-EXAMPLES: preschool potty words, cussing is out of the ordinary for student
EXAMPLES: refusal to complete non-preferred tasks, such as shouts/says no,
throws items, falls to the floor, blurts angrily, hiding, exits the room
NON-EXAMPLES: shouting when at recess or when has permission to shout,
dropping items accidentally, falling on the floor due to tripping, asking permission
to share feelings in an appropriate way, playing hide and seek and leaving room
with permission
EXAMPLES: passively refusing to do work (e.g. head on table, pulling clothes over
head), verbal refusal to work or follow directives (e.g. saying Im not going to do
that or saying no), failure to initiate work or compliance with a direction within a
reasonable amount of time
NON-EXAMPLES: waiting to get started on work with help, delaying work briefly to
complete another task
EXAMPLES: saying no, saying something like I dont want to do that, passively
refusing to do something or follow direction (putting head down, sitting there), may
include yelling, screaming or crying
NON-EXAMPLES: saying/doing these things while actually complying, asking for
help when crying/upset
*Please note that some behaviors are normal, typical preschool behaviors that
need to be taught through redirection and our CORE values