Interactive DBI Process

Intensive intervention helps students with severe and persistent learning or behavioral needs. The Center's approach to intensive intervention is data-based individualization (DBI).

What is DBI?
DBI is a research-based process for individualizing and intensifying interventions through the systematic use of assessment data, validated interventions, and research-based adaptation strategies.

Click on the components in the graphic to learn more about the steps in the DBI process and find relevant resources.

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View this video to learn why intensive intervention and DBI are critical

Flowchart depicting the steps in DBI. 1. Validated Intervention Program 2. Progress Monitor. If responsive, go back to Progress Monitor. If unresponsive move to step 3. Diagnostic Assessment/Functional Behavior Assessment. 4. Intervention Adaptation. 5. Progress Monitor. If responsive, go back to Progress Monitor. If unresponsive go back to step 3.

Link to resources regarding Validated Intervention ProgramLink to resources regarding Intervention AdaptationLink to resources regarding Diagnostic Assessment/Functional Behavior AssessmentLink to resources regarding Progress MonitorLink to resources regarding Progress Monitor


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Two New Sample Math Lessons Available

Two new sample lessons, activities, worksheets, and supplemental materials focused on Basic Math Facts and Place Value Computation have been added t the collection of math lessons and activities.   

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Call for Behavior Tools Charts Open

The call for submissions of tools for the Behavioral Progress Monitoring Tools Chart and Behavioral Intervention Tools Chart is now open! The call for tools is open until September 16, 2015

Submit a tool for review. 

Ask the Expert

Why is it important to use a consistent progress monitoring system or grade level across the entire year?
Lynn Fuchs

Watch and listen as Dr. Lynn Fuchs, Nicholas Hobbs Professor of Special Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University and Senior Advisor to the National Center on Intensive Intervention, shares advice about selecting and using progress monitoring measures to support intensive intervention. This is the first in a series of recommendations from Dr. Fuchs.

Data Meeting Tools

Find tools to support and guide data team meetings for students receiving intensive intervention. 

  • The pre-meeting documents support teams as they develop a holistic sense of the student including relevant background information, current performance, current and prior intervention efforts, and other relevant data.
  • The initial meeting documents support teams as they analyze data and design intensive intervention plans for students. 
  • The progress monitoring meeting documentssupport teams as they review student progress monitoring data after the initial intervention plan.

View the tools.