Early Childhood

Early Childhood

-By Dr. Sarah Fefer

This section includes resources focused on implementation of positive behavior support with young children (i.e., birth-5).  It covers applications in preschool programs and home-based intervention with families. 

Early childhood applications of positive behavior support embrace features where:

    • Parent-professional partnerships are considered essential
    • Data are used to assess progress
    • Interventions are multi-component, assessment-based, and designed to fit within natural routines
    • Quality of life children, families, and other support providers is the ultimate goal.

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Assessment Resources

Functional Assessment Interview Form: Young Child - Center on Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (2010).  Questionnaire for assessing patterns affecting behavior adapted from O'Neill et al (1997) FAI (free).

Preschool Behavior Support Self-Assessment - Hancock & Carter (2016).  Summary, example, and implications for practice of a tool that can be used in preschools on the NAEYC website.

Teaching Plan Fidelity Checklist - Tool for evaluating consistency with which particular instructional strategies are used in instruction.

Resources for Families

Understanding Behavior Support Practice Guide - UNSW-Sydney, Intellectual Disability Support Program.  Comprehensive manuals for children 0-8 and 9-18 describing PBS practice (free).

Family Routine Guide – Lentini & Fox. Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Learning.  Guide to help families develop strategies to support various daily routines including transitions, clean up, bathing, going shopping, etc. (free).

Practiced Routines PBS Program for Parents – Hieneman (2017).  Videos and training curriculum for teaching parents about function-based, comprehensive PBS published by IRIS Educational Media (for purchase).

Implementation Guide  - this checklist summarizes features of effective early intervention relevant to supporting children's behavior.

Training and Support Models

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI).  Site supporting a variety of resources (e.g., guides, teaching tools) for programs educating children birth to five to implement positive, effective early intervention (free).

Center on the Social and Emotional foundations for Early Learning Training Modules - This website contains resources and training modules for early intervention professionals.  Each training module was created from best practice and input from parents and educators (free).

Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children: The Early Childhood Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support - Dunlap, Wilson, Strain, & Lee (2013).  Guide for professionals working in preschool settings that includes CD-Rom of fillable forms (for purchase).

Parent Training Modules.  NCPMI.  Training resources focused on relationship building, teaching in the context of play and daily routines, and understanding and addressing behavior - in English and Spanish (free).

Other Resources

Family Engagement Resources.  NCPMI.  Variety of brief articles and educational resources for families that address behavioral support issues for young children divided into these sections: Making Life Easier, Backpack Connection, Family Articles, and Scripted Social Stories (Free).

PACER Center Champions for children with disabilities - A web resource with various publications on education and parental rights.  Many free PDF documents available and some items available for purchase (free and for purchase).

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