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Targeted behavioral interventions and group level prevention

The field of prevention has developed at the intersection of public health, public safety and public education. Anti-social behavior, school failure, mental health issues, and substance abuse are interdependent variables linked to each other as well as to external factors. A range of strategies and programs have separately been developed to affect these interdependent variables. Each strategy has been shown to work with some kids under some conditions of use. None works all the time with everyone. The key to successful prevention is to make the closest possible match between a particular community’s and/or individual student’s need, and the most relevant set of evidence-based prevention strategies to address that need. Ripple Effects automates that task, making the work of Prevention Programmers immensely easier.

Individualized RTI and CEIS

Tier Two behavioral intervention is easy, efficient and effective with Ripple Effects integrated suite of strengths-based screening tools, fill-in-the blanks individual Tier Two plans, more than 700 personalized, direct-to- learner, multimedia interventions for grades 2-11, and  data management tools to track progress. Ripple Effects can be a value-added component, truly personalizing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students with a wide range of behavioral challenges and spectrum of multi-domain risk factors that propel them. Learn more

“You can tell it works. The five years of data I’ve collected for our high school shows discipline rates are way down compared to the other high schools in our district.” High School Principal, FL


Ripple Effects fits neatly within the PBIS framework of data-driven decision making, cultural responsiveness, and behavioral training, with a focus on positive reinforcement, and logical, consistent (but not harsh) consequences for breaking rules. It provides capacity to deliver personalized, context-specific, problem-solving supports, along with SEL training that addresses not just presenting behavior, but underlying risk factors and learning differences as well.  It offers an integrated system of planning, direct intervention, and data management. Learn More

Mental health supports

With the surge in mental health vulnerabilities among children and teens, the need for interventions that address both group level and individual risk factors is high. Substance abuse (increasingly about prescription drugs), eating disorders, depression, traumatic stress, and risky sexual behavior are all areas for which students need science-based information, motivational counseling and cognitive-behavioral skill training, but are often reluctant to seek it out. Ripple Effects offers a lesson plan and preconfigured scope and sequence for each of these areas. It provides many dozen points of entry into each one, from the particular area of concern for each student (for instance kind of drug, or symptom of depression).

With the very small ratio of school counselors to students, and the growing list of things expected of counselors today, Ripple Effects can also be an effective way to triage counseling services. It can extend the reach of counselors when their caseload is too large to give each student individualized attention; when they need a bridge to communicate across cultural gaps; when students obviously in distress are unwilling to disclose what is bothering them; and when students respond better to kinesthetic experience than to talk therapy.

Interpersonal violence prevention

Ripple Effect draws on different subsets of its comprehensive content base to provide separate scope and sequences for seven areas of interpersonal violence prevention programming: child abuse (physical, emotional and sexual), bias activity, bullying, sexual harassment, youth violence, dating abuse, online exploitation.  As with other Prevention Subjects, there is also the option for students to enter through their personal point of pain or concern.

Preventing academic failure

Ripple Effects also provides a scope and sequence directly related to academic failure. It targets the process of learning itself, with tutorials on learning styles, kinds of intelligences, learning and attention disorders, grades and testing. It addresses motivation issues and combines strengths-based asset development with specific problem-solving strategies for students whose academic achievement is being undermined by non-academic barriers to success.

“You can tell it works. The five years of data I’ve collected for our high school shows discipline rates are way down compared to the other high schools in our district.” High School Principal, FL