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In this section you will find general resources on PBS within family lives, training resources for parents, and tools and guides.

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.

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

Why is the Challenging Behavior Happening?, Holly Downs, Tom Tutton, and Meme Hieneman (Summer 2020) https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=659960&ver=html5&p=14

What is ABA, Now Really?, Meme Hieneman, Viviana Gonzalez, & Paula Chan (Jul/Aug 2011),  pp.29-30.http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=74897&p=29

Avoiding Power Struggles, Shane Isley, Kate Marshall, Sarah Fefer, & Meme Hieneman (2012, Jul/Aug 2012), pp. 58-59 http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=118852&p=58

Is it working?  Monitoring the Effectiveness of Treatments, Natalie Parks & Meme Hieneman (Sep/Oct, 2014), pp. 40-41.  http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=225231

Supporting Teen Behavior and Loving Relationships, Meme Hieneman, Claudia Villari, & Daniel Davidson (Sep/Oct, 2016), pp. 24-26.  http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=338087#{"issue_id":338087,"page":24}

Keeping Our Children Safe in the Real World, Jennifer Agganis & Meme Hieneman (May/Jun 2013), pp. 24-25. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=159255&p=24

Positive Behavior Support Special Issue, Meme Hieneman, Tracy Raulston, & Laura Strobel (Dec, 2017). http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication?i=461820

Key Themes in Positive Behavior Support: A Decade in Review, Jacoby Davani & Meme Hieneman (Nov/Dec, 2019), pp. 30-33.  https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=634194&p=1&pp=1&view=issueViewer#{%22page%22:30,%22issue_id%22:634194,%22numpages%22:%221%22}

Fad Treatments: Making Good Choices for Your Child, Jacoby Davani, Meme Hieneman, & Holly Downs (Mar/Apr, 2020), pp. 16-17. https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?m=13847&i=653866&p=16

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

A Glass Half Full: Parent Perspectives and Child Behavior, Meme Hieneman (Jan/Feb, 2014), pp.26-27.  http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/471 http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=192864&p=26

Cultivating Understanding and Support from Family and Friends for Your Child, Meme Hieneman & Florien Deurloo (May/June, 2016), pp 24-26.  http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=302221#{"issue_id":302221,"page":24}

Finding Your Moment of Parenting Zen, Tracy Raulston & Meme Hieneman (Nov/Dec, 2016), pp. 22-24.  http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=357052#{"issue_id":357052,"page":22}

Positive Behavior Support as a Family Affair, Meme Hieneman & Melisa Ruiz (Nov/Dec, 2018), pp. 24-27.  https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=542768&ver=html5&p=24

Setting and Achieving High Expectations, Chantai Snellgrove & Meme Hieneman (Jan/Feb, 2018), pp. 18-20. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=470037#{"issue_id":470037,"page":18}

Oxygen: Caring for Ourselves to Care for Our Children, Tom Tutton & Meme Hieneman (Sep/Oct, 2020), pp. 15-16. https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?m=13847&i=673824&p=14

Parenting with PBS: Resolving Children’s Behavior Problems More Effectively and Efficiently, Meme Hieneman (Jul/Aug 2009) http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/142

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

Getting Involved with Positive Behavior Support at Your Child’s School, Michelle White & Meme Hieneman (Sep/Oct 2011), pp. 50-51. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=81424&p=50

Working Together: Family-School Collaboration in Positive Behavior Support, Meme Hieneman, Andrew Garbacz, & Kimberli Breen (Jul/Aug, 2018), pp. 20-22.  https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=512105#{"issue_id":512105,"page":20}

Proactive and Preventive Strategies: Strategies to prevent problems and prompt positive behavior

Establishing a Positive Family Structure, Meme Hieneman (2009, Nov/Dec) http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/185 

Power of Prevention: Heading Off Difficult Behavior, Shelley Clarke & Meme Hieneman (2010, Nov/Dec 2010), pp. 52-53 http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=52020&p=52

Engaging Cooperation through Choice and Preference, Shelley Clarke & Meme Hieneman (2011, Jan/Feb 2011), pp. 44-45 http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=58982&p=44

Household Organization, Meme Hieneman & Angela Seaton (Jan/Feb, 2015), pp. 14-15.

What to Expect When Setting Expectations, Meme Hieneman & Monica Gilbert (Mar/Apr, 2015), pp. 40-41. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=249935#{"issue_id":249935,"page":40}

Using Visual Strategies to Improve Behavior, Meme Hieneman (Mar/Apr, 2018), pp. 24-26.  http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=481682#{"issue_id":481682,"page":24}

Setting Children Up for Success: Using Precorrection Effectively, Meme Hieneman & Melisa Ruiz (May/Jun, 2018), pp. 18-20. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=495799#{"issue_id":495799,"page":18}

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

When Things Get Out of Control: Managing Escalating Behavior, Meme Hieneman & Milissa Yeagley (May/Jun, 2014) pp. 22-23. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=209911&p=22

Reinforcement: Improving Behavior One Interaction at a Time, Meme Hieneman (Jul/Aug, 2014), pp. 32-33. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=217053

How to Spare the Rod: Addressing Difficult Behavior Effectively, Meme Hieneman (Mar/Apr, 2019), pp. 22-24.  https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=573787#{"issue_id":573787,"page":22}

Parenting with PBS: Resolving Children’s Behavior Problems More Effectively and Efficiently, Meme Hieneman (Jul/Aug 2009) http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/142

Establishing a Positive Family Structure, Meme Hieneman (2009, Nov/Dec) http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/185

Dealing Effectively with Difficult Situations, Karen Childs & Meme Hieneman (Jan/Feb 2010) http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/222

Finding Common Ground: Working Together to Resolve Behavioral Challenges, Viviana Gonzalez & Meme Hieneman (May/Jun 2010) http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/299

Time-Out: Does it Work?, Kristin Knapp-Ines & Meme Hieneman (Jul/Aug 2010) http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/314

Dealing Effectively with Difficult Situations, Karen Childs & Meme Hieneman (Jan/Feb 2010) http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/222

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

Let’s Get a Good Night’s Sleep, Meme Hieneman (Jan/Feb 2012) pp. 50-51. http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/452

Expanding Food Options for the Picky Eater, Meme Hieneman (Nov/Dec 2012), pp.28-29. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=134421&p=28

Success on the Potty, Laura Casper and Meme Hieneman (Mar/Apr 2013), pp. 24-25. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=150045&p=24

Going Places: Improving Participation in Community Activities, Meme Hieneman, Erin Buckalew, & Paul Rogers (Mar/Apr 2014), pp. 34-35. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=200984&p=34

Improving Transitions: When it’s Time to Change, You’ve Got to Rearrange, Meme Hieneman, John Hoch, & Tahra Cessna (Nov/Dec, 2014), pp. 24-27. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=233572

Mission Possible: Successful Family Vacations, Kimberli Breen, Victoria McMullen, & Meme Hieneman (May/Jun, 2015), pp. 28-30.

Starting the Day off Right: Making the Most of Morning Routines, Megan Joy, Marcie Handler, & Meme Hieneman (Sept/Oct, 2015), pp. 24-26. (http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=272603#{"issue_id":272603,"page":24}

Gifting Holidays: Overcoming Challenges and Promoting Enjoyment, Kimberli Breen, Meme Hieneman, & Victoria McMullen (Nov/Dec, 2015), pp. 22-24. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=280906#{"issue_id":280906,"page":22}

Say Aah: Successful Trips to the Dentist, Meme Hieneman, Victoria McMullen, Kimberli Breen, & Joslyn Mintz (Mar/Apr, 2016), pp. 32-34. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=294386#{"issue_id":294386,"page":32}

Shopping without Dropping: Running Errands Successfully, Missy Sieders & Meme Hieneman (July/Aug, 2019), pp. 20-23.  https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=602352#{%22issue_id%22:602352,%22page%22:22}

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

Making Learning Fun: Teaching Pivotal Skills, Jacoby Davani, Amy Sulger, Hana Jurgens, & Meme Hieneman (Jan/Feb, 2021, pp. 15-16.  https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?m=13847&i=690735&p=14

Helping Children Succeed at Things They’d Rather Not Do, Meme Hieneman & Sarah Fefer (May/Jun 2012), pp.62-63. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=111307&p=62

A Relative Solution to a Complex Problem: Engaging Siblings to Build Social Skills, Alanna Apap & Meme Hieneman (Jan/Feb 2013), pp. 40-41. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=143266&p=40

Teaching Independent Play: A Win-Win for Children and Parent, Kelcey Schmitz & Meme Hieneman (Jul/Aug 2013), pp. 42-43. http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=167145&p=42

Talk with Me: Enhancing Communication through Natural Family Routines, Donna Wexler & Meme Hieneman (Sep/Oct 2013), pp. 56-57.  http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/447


Building Independence through Self-Awareness and Regulation, Meme Hieneman & Monica Gilbert, (Jan/Feb, 2016), pp. 24-27.  http://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=288152#{"issue_id":288152,"page":24}

Use Your Words: Replacing Problem Behavior with Communication, Meme Hieneman (Sep/Oct, 2018), pp. 18-20. https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=525902#{"issue_id":525902,"page":18}

Different Strokes: Using ABA to Teach Children Skills, Meme Hieneman & Erin Barton (Sep/Oct, 2019), pp. 16-18.  https://magazine.parentingspecialneeds.org/publication/?i=619161#{%22issue_id%22:619161,%22page%22:16}

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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, Tools and More

Positive Partnerships offers a wide range of recorded webinars for parents of children with Autism.  These webinars are free to access and can be accessed on demand.

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.

Learn more how PBS can replace more punitive discipline practices for families in this brochure.

Check out this video about supporting families having to do distance learning from the San Juan Unified School District.

Click the website link to access a number of resources for planning and implementation.

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