Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What is Positive Behavior Support?

Good instruction begins with strong classroom management.

What is Positive Behavior Support (PBS)?
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a systems approach that enables schools to adopt and sustain structures and procedures using research-validated practices to address academic and social needs. It entails the application of positive behavioral interventions resulting in socially important behavior changes. PBS focuses on prevention of problem behaviors by rearranging environmental variables (antecedents and consequences). PBS aims to directly teach social skills; it supports the entire school body with multiple levels of interventions. There is no single strategy that will meet all challenges. It is imperative that all staff/ faculty, volunteers and parents reinforce common rules and expectations for the entire student body. Routines and procedures look the same throughout the school. Every classroom posts the same rules, implements the same process for dealing with classroom discipline and establishes similar interventions for dealing with challenging behaviors. Consistency and uniformity is key to an effective PBS plan.