Responsive Instruction uses an ecological approach to a student’s needs. We look at the whole child in their environment to identify behaviors and the functions of those behaviors. Examining features, such as the student’s learning profile, language skills, sensory needs, environmental demands, and task analysis, allows for more comprehensive, efficient and successful services when addressing the learning needs of the student.

5 Steps to the RI Elegant Approach

1. Assessment of the current situation.

2. Determine how student need(s) have been identified and how they are currently being addressed. Identify and define target behaviors and/or target academic goals.

3. Identify the impact of the disability and related needs on learning- school performance, school relationships, home/school, DETAILS.

4. Determine if current services should be adjusted or new services recommended. If needed, ask for and/or provide additional assessment information- sensory integration, executive functioning, etc.

5. Develop supports, interventions, and facilitation of programming based on current needs – Plan C.

What is Plan C?

Plan C is Responsive Instruction’s developed approach for appropriate and effective interventions.

Plan A is the current approach being implemented that is not effective and/or successful for the student in question.

Plan B is the student’s ineffective response to Plan A. The student may be overwhelmed academically and/or behaviorally and is not achieving as expected or desired.

Plan C is designed to close the gap between the current approach and the student’s ineffective response.