Activity or Event

What important events or activities tend to set up the behaviour?

When the individual experiences or is engaged in one of the following:

  • Is in the community
    Out on an excursion with the school, out shopping, attending a club, playing or attending a sporting activity.
  • Has recently been disciplined
    Has been reprimanded for an action or behaviour, has had something important confiscated as a consequence of an action or behaviour.
  • Is engaged in an activity or task they dislike
    Has been asked to complete a non-preferred task or activity.
  • Is eating
  • Is working in a group
    Small group Maths or English lesson, social skills group, unmonitored small group learning such as independent reading groups.
  • Is working independently
    Has been asked to complete a task on their own without assistance.
  • Is in a regular class
    Is working with the rest of the class in the classroom in a standard lesson (e.g. Maths, English).
  • Is playing
    Is playing inside or outside during a scheduled break, is engaged in free time in class, this could be structured or unstructured, alone or with others.
  • Is returning to school after a break
    Has returned after a holiday or a public holiday, after being sick, after a suspension.
  • Has had a change in routine
    Has a relative visiting, has a relief/ new teacher, doctor/ dentist appointment.
  • Is attending a special event
    At school- Sports Day, Anzac Day Parade, incursion. At home- a friend’s birthday, a sporting event.
  • Is in a specialist lesson
    Music, PE and Art.
  • Is transitioning between activities or settings
    Transitioning can refer to moving from one classroom to another, one classroom activity to another or from an activity to playtime or lunch. It can also refer to moving from the playground to lining up or getting out of the car to go into the classroom. Therefore a transition is any moment in time where the individual is required to move from one area or activity to another.  It is important to recognise that some people may be more or less sensitive to the changes between activities, locations or people, so although you may feel that the change was minimal (e.g. moving from working on their desk in the class to working on a desk in the library), this may feel more significant to somebody else.  Other examples include moving between classes, from class to lunch, home to school, home to job or starting a new class or school year.
  • Is unwell or tired
    This may be identified by the individual or others who know them.


Last updated 24 September 2020