In this section you will find general resources on PBS within family lives, training resources for parents, and tools and guides.  In addition, the Family Chat recordings (a program sponsored by APBS) are provided in full.

It is important to acknowledge that family-focused PBS has the same core features as any other application.  These features include collaboration; individualized assessment-based intervention; proactive, educational, and functional support strategies; systems-level approaches that are focused on improving quality of life, and data-based decision making.

Family Chat Videos

Watch the recorded family chats that our network has held on various tops.  Each video is around 55minutes to 1 hour.  Pause and replay as many times as you like.  Click the title of the video to watch.

Learn more how PBS can replace more punitive discipline practices for families in this brochure: PBS for Children and Families

Practiced Routines PBS Parent Training Videos.  Free videos on watching and recording behavior, identifying patterns, proactive strategies, teaching skills, and managing consequences.

Expand the options below to access the resources on this page.

PBS and Families

APBS Families PageResources for families including “Getting Started” document, articles, and stories from the field (free).

Positive Behavior Support in Family Routines – Hieneman, Raulston, & Strobel (2016).  Special Issue in Parenting Special Needs Magazine of PBS process with examples and illustrative videos embedded (free).

Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families: A Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support for Home and Community – Dunlap et al. (2017)  Comprehensive guide for professionals implementing PBS with children and families including examples and tools (for purchase).

Parenting with Positive Behavior Support: A Practical Guide to Resolving Your Child’s Difficult Behavior – Hieneman, Childs, & Sergay (2006).  Book for parents and other caregivers, guiding them through the PBS process to improve child behavior (for purchase).

Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child – Durand (2011).  Book for caregivers that addresses function-based interventions and cognitive-emotive strategies to support families (for purchase).

Helping Parents with Challenging Children: Positive Family Intervention –  Durand & Hieneman. (2008).  Curriculum to guide parents through PBS process, while also addressing thoughts and feelings through optimism training (for purchase).

Family Hope Program Guide/Parent Handbook: PBS for Families of Children with Challenging Behavior – King-Peery & Wilder (2011).  Practical books based on PBS principles to help parents develop behavioral interventions for children with disabilities in family homes (for purchase).

Guides and Tools

AFIRM Modules – Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Topic-based modules linked to FPG’s evidence-based practices clearinghouse. Designed for families and practitioners working in early childhood/autism, but content is generalizable (free).

Family Routine Guide – Lentini & Fox, Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Learning.  Guide to help families develop strategies to support typical daily routines.

Parent Plan Monitoring – Simple yes/no tool for parents to assess whether they are using different components of a behavior plan for their child.

Parenting Special Needs Articles
Introducing Positive Behavior Support: Principles and processes of positive behavior support for improving children's behavior


Supporting Family Needs: Family-focused approaches and articles on supporting parents' needs


Engaging Others in PBS: Team process and collaboration with schools and other organizations


Proactive and Preventive Strategies: Strategies to prevent problems and prompt positive behavior (e.g., providing choices, household organization, setting expectations, visual strategies)


Responding to Behavior:Using consequences to encourage positive and discourage problem behavior


Stories from the Field: Illustrations of PBS in practice and quality of life for children and families


Challenging Routines: PBS to improve specific routines (e.g., sleep, meals, toileting, outings)


Teaching Children Skills: Instructional methods for building skills to replace problem behavior an help children participate in daily interactions and routines

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