Positive Behavior Support for Students with Disabilities
“A Blueprint for Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support: Implementation of Three Components,” Council for Exceptional Children, Vol. 68, No. 3 (2002).
This article consists of two case studies: one that examines the implementation of a Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) model at Central Middle School in Kansas City and another that examines the benefits of SWPBS for a student with autism. The article defines Schoolwide PBS and describes its three components: universal support, group support, and individual support. The article states that PBS, which entails assessing a student’s behavior and designing interventions to minimize behavior that impedes academic success, can resulted in an 80% reduction of such behavior. Schoolwide PBS is a strategy that also targets “impeding” behavior but is implemented throughout the school and on all levels. It involves parents, teachers, and students. The article indicates that Schoolwide PBS emphasizes appropriate student behavior and diminishes harmful or impeding behavior through data collection, group strategies that involve feedback from students, and individualized strategies for students with special needs. The Schoolwide PBS model implemented in Central Middle School resulted in fewer office referrals and decreased student suspensions.
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