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.

Read more about DBI and view this video to learn why intensive intervention is critical.


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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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Call for Progress Monitoring Tools

NCII is now accepting submissions of academic and behavior progress monitoring tools. The deadline for submission is November 22nd. All interested vendors are invited to submit. Click here for more details. 

Upcoming NCII & CEC DR Writing Webinar

Register for our upcoming webinar Writing Better: What Teachers Can Do Today To Enhance Their Students’ Writing October 26, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm ET. Click here to registerLearn more about the webinars.

Ask the Expert

How can we ensure that teachers are comfortable using evidence-based strategies?
Dena Slanda

Watch and listen as Dena Dillenseger Slanda, Ph.D, Preeminent Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Central Florida explains how to ensure that teachers are comfortable using evidence-based strategies.

New Online Module

NCII is excited to share a new self-paced online module that was developed to increase users’ knowledge of intensive intervention and data-based individualization (DBI), NCII’s approach to intensive intervention. The module provide foundational knowledge, an interactive opportunity to apply learning to student case examples, and links to tools and resources that school teams might use to support implementation. The modules can be viewed independently or as part of larger professional development opportunities. 

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