• What is Positive Behavior Support?

    Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a general term that refers to the application of positive interventions and system changes to achieve socially important behavior change.
    • PBS was developed initially as an alternative to aversive interventions used for students with significant disabilities who engaged in extreme forms of self-injury and aggression.
    • More recently, the technology has been applied successfully with a wide range of students, in a wide range of contexts, and extended from an intervention approach for individual students to an intervention approach for entire schools.
    • The focus is on creating and sustaining school environments that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, academic, work, etc.) for all students by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, while making desired behavior more functional. In addition, the use of culturally appropriate interventions is emphasized.

    What is the Purpose of PBS? 
    The purpose is to establish a comprehensive, data-driven system that gives schools the capability of identifying and treating building-wide behavior problems using empirically supported Technology (SWIS). 
      (Sugai & Horner, 2001).

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