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Behavior Support

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) Student Support Services provides Behavior Specialist Services to students served in the STEPS (Moderate/Severe), KEY (Social/Emotional), and LEAP (Autism Spectrum) Programs. MPUSD Behavior Specialists also assist district personnel with student behavior issues and assessment in general education. 

The principles of applied behavioral analysis and other evidence-based methods are used to decrease challenging behaviors and teach skills.

Important elements of the behavior services include:

  • ongoing, continuous training for staff on methods of dealing with problem behaviors
  • individual support for students
  • behavior intervention services
  • identifying and addressing issues that may impede the student's academic success/achievement
  • conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments
  • developing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs)
  • comprehensive, integrated, and collaborative approach that includes the student, school, parents and other family members
  • analysis of classroom environments and consultation to promote pro-social behaviors
  • programs designed to foster a positive school environment that allows students to thrive in spite of challenges they may be facing
  • through a collaborative team approach, assist students to access the opportunities to improve independence, inclusion and overall quality of life. We do this through evidence based, pragmatic treatment, consultation and teaching based on the principals of ABA

All staff members are provided with ongoing training in many areas, including:

  • Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Visual Supports
  • Data Collection and Progress Monitoring
  • Behavioral Teaching Techniques
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Incidental Teaching
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Social Skills
  • Other evidence-based Practices

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Student Support Services is noted for utilizing  evidenced-based practices to the training and experience of each of its staff members. 

Contact Information:


Alice Oh, Behavior Program Manager
LEAP Program & Marina Learning Community
aoh@mpusd.k12.ca.us

Sonya Goldon, Behavior Program Manager
KEY Program & Monterey Learning Community
sgoldon@mpusd.k12.ca.us

Caitlyn Johnson-Williams, Behavior Program Manager
STEPS Program & Seaside Learning Community