An intervention is a planned set of activities designed to improve desired behavior. A substantial body of research exists to demonstrate the effectiveness of interventions that include DBR as one component.

How can I use a DBR for intervention?

In addition to use in communication and assessment as an important part of providing comprehensive behavior supports, DBR is frequently used as one part of an intervention package, such as in an incentive program or self-management.

  • Incentive programs (point cards) establish behavior contracts and systematic feedback between the child and adult. The frequent feedback provided by DBR, combined with short term goals and incentives, function to promote positive behavior and reduce undesirable behavior.
  • Self management components are often used as part of a behavior intervention. They provide an opportunity to teach children to monitor and evaluate their own behavior. A student uses DBR to rate his/her own behavior, perhaps at the same time an adult rates the same behavior so as to check for accuracy and agreement.

Who can use a DBR for intervention?

DBR should be used by parents, teachers, children, administrators, and intervention teams to facilitate interventions designed to improve behavior. It is likely that many intervention applications will be paired with effective assessment and communication components using DBR.