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An intervention is a specific program or set of steps to help a child improve in an area of need. Kids can have many needs. If a child is acting out, a school may offer a behavioral intervention. For subjects like reading or math, there are instructional interventions.

Interventions have some key elements:

  • They’re intentional—aimed at a particular weakness.
  • They’re specific and formal. An intervention lasts a certain number of weeks or months and is reviewed at set intervals.
  • They’re set up this way so you and the school can monitor your child’s progress with an intervention.