This Support section includes resources related to planning and implementing positive behavior support interventions.  It includes manuals, workbooks, case examples and stories, planning tools and templates, and other practical materials.  In addition, there are 2-3 page articles that have been adapted by HCPBS specifically for caregivers and support staff.  Click on the name of each resource below to be redirected to it.

Positive behavior support should maximize the strengths and autonomy of the people in need of support and their caregivers and staff.  The strategies selected should be relevant to assessments conducted and fit the settings and circumstances.  The ultimate value of any support practice is its impact on behavior and quality of life.

Comprehensive Support:

Interactive Tutorial on Individual Positive Behavior Support – Hieneman (2017).  Tutorial providing overview of PBS including detailed case studies, quizzes, and other interactive elements (free).

Working Together to Support School-Aged Students on the Autism Spectrum – Positive Partnerships.  Tutorial with embedded animations and video, sharing case example to illustrate collaborative PBS (free).

Case Examples of PBS:

Stories of Behavior Support – PBS Kansas.  Examples of student and adult application of PBS using the competing behavior model (free).

Case Studies in ABA for Students and Adults with Disabilities – Storey & Haymes (2016).  Text on positive behavior support with 21 case studies aligned with the BACB task list (for purchase).

Right Science and Right Results: Lifestyle Change, PBS, and Human Dignity – Turnbull & Turnbull (2011).  Story of Jay, the Turnbull’s son, outlining how PBS was used to improve his quality of life (free).

Moving to Italy – Victoria Budzinski McMullen (1999).   A families story about cultural acclimation and living with a disability (free).

Living in Italy Budzinski McMullen, V., Frick, M.E., & McMullen, RD. (1999).  Part two of the story about Ron and his families journey in supporting a full community life for Ron (free).

Employee Skill Checklist – Victoria Budzinski McMullen.  A resource for checking the support plan fidelity of the staff working with Ron (free).

Support Planning Tools:

Sample Hypotheses and Interventions – Hieneman (2012).  Planning tool for designing proactive, teaching, and management strategies based on behavioral function (free).

Behavior Planning Worksheet Tool for documenting PBS process and summarizing intervention and tracking strategies (free).

Routine Based PlanFormat for designing interventions within natural daily routines based on behavioral function (free).

PBS Plan Fidelity Tracking ToolData collection tool for evaluating consistency of implementation of PBS strategies within and across routines (free).

Each worksheet below describes various proactive strategies, reinforcement strategies, and reactive strategies in terms of what it is, what it looks like, when to use it, and ways for the person to use it in their work (free).

Resources for 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).

Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child – Durand (2011).  Book covering a variety of topics including functional communication training and the inclusion of optimism training in family intervention (for purchase).

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

Parenting Special Needs Articles – Hieneman & Colleagues (2009-present).  Listing of articles and links to brief, user-friendly articles for family members (free).

Practiced Routines PBS Program for ParentsHieneman (2017).  Videos, training curriculum, and self-directed online programs for teaching parents about function-based, comprehensive PBS published by Trifoia (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).


HCPBS Articles for Caregivers

Each of the articles below are short, plain language reads with practical strategies for how we support people and with interacting with people in general.  Each topic was chosen given the frequency in which some of these issues arise in everyday life.  Each of the articles are available for free.