R.A.P.I.D. Behaviour Strategies
The RAPID strategies are a collection of common evidence-based strategies that address challenging behaviour at school. Some of the evidence-based strategies embedded within the program include the following: reinforcement, antecedent interventions, prompting, visuals, and extinction. In addition, the program is flexible enough to incorporate other strategies and interventions such as self-regulation, allowing it to be individualized, contextualized and expanded upon.
The term RAPID refers to the fact that these strategies can be implemented very quickly. However, as challenging behaviour develops over time, RAPID does not mean the challenging behaviour will disappear immediately. To use the strategies, read the information sheet for each letter. Then, use the implementation templates to design the intervention.
The strategies are meant to be used collaboratively with any members of a team that support the student: classroom teachers, resource teachers, educational assistants, counsellors, principals and more. However, the program does not require an extended team. In fact, by following the RAPID program, small teams or even individuals are able to respond quickly and effectively to challenging behaviour without the need to wait for specialist support.
In general, the strategies are presented in the order they should be introduced. R first, then A and so on. Reinforcement (R) for desired behaviour is addressed first and consequences for challenging behaviour (D) are addressed last. The sequence of the program is purposeful and an important element of the program. For each letter of RAPID. there is an explanation of the strategy and an implementation guide. In addition there is one summary sheet that summarizes all of the strategies.
The program is designed to be implemented in stages. As the program progresses there may be visuals or other materials that will need to be prepared. Implementing the program in stages allows time for this. In addition, gradual implementation of the program is more likely to be successful. After repeated experiences using the program, the interval between program components can be shortened or components may be combined.
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