Behavioral Objective Sequence

ISBN: 9780878223848
Item Number: 5015

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Based on over 20 years of work with children and adolescents, the Behavioral Objective Sequence (BOS) is a comprehensive, observation-based assessment tool for use with students from elementary grades through adolescence.

BOS is designed to help educators assess behavioral and social disorders and to determine developmentally appropriate objectives. It includes 45 long-term goals and 233 behavioral objectives divided into six subscales.

BOS can be used as a bank of objectives, as a rating scale, or as a structured observation system. It is extremely helpful in making placement decisions, evaluating programs, developing intervention plans, and in writing IEPs or ITPs.


  1. Adaptive Behaviors—The student will demonstrate developmentally appropriate behaviors in response to routine expectations and rules, and will modify behaviors appropriately in response to new or changing circumstances—includes 33 objectives.
  2. Self-Management Behaviors—The student will demonstrate skills to respond appropriately to challenging experiences using self-control and seek to be successful—includes 30 objectives.
  3. Communication Behaviors—The student will demonstrate the verbal and nonverbal skills that enable him/her to appropriately meet his/her needs and to affect others in positive ways—includes 44 objectives.
  4. Interpersonal Behaviors—The student will demonstrate the ability to interact with others in social and task situations with behaviors that meet personal and interdependent needs and that contribute to a sense of belonging—includes 42 objectives.
  5. Task Behaviors—The student will engage in learning tasks and activities that are routinely assigned by the teacher and for which grades or credits are received. These behaviors include preparation for learning activities, attempting tasks, and demonstrating growth—includes 35 objectives.
  6. Personal Behaviors—The student will engage in dialog with a counseling adult, permitting the adult to assist him/her in resolving personal issues, developing personal skills, and building a sense of self-worth—includes 49 objectives.

BOS Recording and Planning Forms

  • Rating Scale Guide
  • Current Performance Form
  • Baseline Recording Forms
  • Target Objective Functional Analysis Planning Worksheet
  • Functional Analysis Planning Worksheet Summary
  • Individual Intervention Plan Form
  • Daily Monitoring Record
  • Team Meetings Notes
  • School-Community Agency Coordinated Intervention Plan
  • Interagency Meeting Notes
  • Target Behavior Performance Charts
  • Behavioral Progress Report
  • Annual Progress Summary Form

A copy of each form is included with BOS and can be photocopied for use in your school or facility.

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  • Introduction
    • Using the BOS as a Bank of Objectives
    • Using the BOS as a Rating Scale
    • Using the BOS as a Structured Observation System
  • The BOS Construction
  • Procedures for Selecting Goals and Objectives
  • Establishing Mastery Criteria
    • Using the BOS for Identifying Objectives and Long-Term
    • Using the BOS for Identifying Short-Term Objectives
    • Redefining and Adding Objectives
  • Using the BOS Current Performance Form
  • Using the BOS for Program Placement

    • Individual Intervention Plan Form
    • School-Community Agency Coordinated Intervention
  • Using the BOS as a Curriculum for Inclusion
  • Using the Intervention Plan Forms
  • Considerations for Intervention

    • Functional Analysis
    • Developmental Assessment
  • Using the BOS for Individual and Program

    • Progress Monitoring
    • Progress Reporting
    • Program Evaluation
  • BOS Research
  • In Brief
  • BOS Subscale Definitions and Long-Term Goals by

Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.

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