Behavior Intervention Services

Providing comprehensive behavior intervention and support to meet the needs of a broad range of students. Includes Guidelines on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion.

Behavior Intervention Services provides comprehensive behavior intervention and support to school teams for students receiving general and special education services. Services are provided for students in pre-k through grade 12. Each of the five regions within Fairfax County Public Schools has been assigned behavior intervention teachers who provide behavior support and intervention services to individual schools. Under the supervision of the program manager and the guidance of the school principal, the behavior intervention teachers provide assistance to schools on the design and implementation of behavioral prevention and intervention strategies and support services.

Behavior Intervention Services is committed to:

  • Providing collaborative behavioral support to teachers and school teams to help build capacity to meet the needs of a broad range of students.
  • Providing professional development opportunities for school staff in the design and implementation of research-based behavior strategies.
  • Building collaborative partnerships with parents by providing workshop opportunities and bridging the home and school environments.
  • Assisting school teams in the development, collection, and analysis of data to provide informed, effective behavioral programming for students
  • Providing school teams with student crisis intervention support.

A three-tiered approach to behavior support is maintained by the schools so as to provide a continuum of interventions, and Behavior Intervention Services provides support at all tiers along this continuum.  

Behavior Intervention Services consists of a Program Manager, a Specialist, and seventeen Behavior Intervention Teachers. Each Region within Fairfax County has been assigned two Behavior Intervention Teachers who provide behavior support and intervention services to individual schools. Under the supervision of the program manager and the guidance of the school principal, the Behavior Intervention Teachers provide assistance to schools within his/her assigned Region on the design and implementation of behavioral prevention and intervention strategies and support services.

Sara Cooner, Program Manager
571-423-4106
Sara.Cooner@fcps.edu

Miriam Giotta, Behavior Intervention Specialist
Miriam.Giotta@fcps.edu