What is Positive Behavior Support?

Positive Behavior Support

Positive behavior support is an approach to supporting people’s behavior in typical home, school, work, and community environments that combines the principles of applied behavior analysis, implementation science, and best practices from other human service fields. It is characterized by a commitment to collaboration; basing interventions on a thorough understanding of the person and environmental influences affecting behavior; proactive, educative, and functional strategies; making decisions on the basis of objective information; and focusing not just on behavior change, but also improvements in quality of life.

The Core Features of PBS include:

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Multi-Tiered System of Support for PBS in the Community

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Individual Interventions

Person-centered, assessment-based, individualized positive behavior support plans involving proactive, teaching and management strategies and ongoing monitoring of data. 


Targeted Group Interventions

Social and environmental supports for people or groups who require more assistance including, for example residential programs, supported employment, families of people with behavioral challenges.


System-wide Interventions

Preventative, proactive approaches for all people (e.g. supporting choices, community participation, independence, predictability, and ensuring adequacy of supports).


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