What is Positive Behavior Support?

Positive behavior support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach to supporting people’s behavior in typical home, school, work, and community settings. It can be focused at the level of individuals or used to enhance behavior within groups or systems as depicted in the model shown below.

The common features of PBS are consistent across settings, populations, and levels of application. PBS blends the principles of applied behavior analysis with other disciplines to improve the contextual fit and effectiveness of intervention.  The focus of PBS is not only improving behavior, but also enhancing quality of life.

features of pbs

Link Icon  VIDEO Introducing Positive Behavior Support (BILD)

Family Chat Header FAMILY CHAT: Improving Family Lives with PBS Recording

To learn how the PBS process is applied with specific people, please participate in the APBS tutorial at the following link: 

Link Icon  Interactive Tutorial on Individualized Positive Behavior Support

Tutorial Screenshot


Additional Resources:

Link Icon  Evolution of PBS Article

Link Icon  Standards of PBS Practice

Link Icon  Got Positive Behavior Support?

Link Icon  Assessment of PBS Practices

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