Positive Behavior Support
Concerns about student behavior in the schools are nothing new. Federal and state laws emphasize that a student's behavior should not interfere with his/her learning or the learning of others. When behavior is interfering, school district staff have a responsibility to generate strategies to decrease/eliminate such behavior. PA's special education initiative on Effective Positive Behavior Support sets forth ways to help school district staff address chronic behavior problems, at risk behaviors,and classroom/school behavior.
Positive Behavior Support emphasizes the principles of behavioral science. A behavior of concern must be clearly defined and attention centers around what happens before the behavior/what setting the behavior happens in (antecedent events) and what happens after the behavior (consequences). Teams of persons working with a student then hypothesize why the student appears to be behaving in a certain way (determine the FUNCTION of the behavior). The primary goal is then to determine what new appropriate behaviors and skills can be taught for the purpose of serving the same function.
ARIN Intermediate Unit offers assistance to school districts for preventing and dealing with problem behaviors. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, are seeking assistance, and/or have a suggestion/hint/idea to share on the webpage in the area of Positive Behavior Support.
Suggestions for preventing behavior problems:
Some general ways to deal with behavior problems as they arise:
When you continue to see serious behavior problems arising for a particular student even after trying different things, consider the following:
Remember that there is support available through ARIN's CSPD team when you are:
Contact ARIN: 724-463-5300 or email@example.com
Some sites that have great information and tips for dealing with student behavior
behavioradvisor.com - Great behavior tips, stories, ideas