Positive Behavior Support Across
University of Kansas
Kansas Mental Health & Positive Behavior Support
Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support
• What is Positive Behavior Support
• How does it fit within different
• How is it currently being used in
• What resources are available to learn
more about PBS?
What is Positive Behavior
Strategies, tools, and processes used
to prevent problem behavior and
improve quality of life
– Teaching and reinforcing positive social
and communication skills
– Changing routines and settings in ways that
support positive social behavior
Systems change in schools and
organizations to prevent problem
Positive Behavior Support Across the Lifespan
is a college sophomore who was in a car accident
that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury
is a 9-year old with Autism who enjoys staying
active but sometimes has trouble communicating with others
is a 79-year old who has been diagnosed with
is a high school student who is skipping school and
has joined a local gang
is an 8 month old infant who has experienced a
number of serious illnesses
is a 30-year old man diagnosed with
schizophrenia who is moving into his own home for the first
Definition of Positive Behavior
Positive behavior support is the integration
– Valued outcomes
– Behavioral and biomedical science
– Validated procedures
– Systems change
In order to enhance quality of life and
prevent problem behavior
Note: PBS plans require our teams and those
supporting adults to change their behavior
Positive Behavior Support:
Three-tiered Model of Prevention
* Children with intense needs
* High Intensity
Targeted Group Interventions
* Some children (at risk)
* High efficiency
* All children
* Preventive, proactive
*Broad community focus
Adapted from Sugai, 2002
Implementation of PBS Across
School-wide Positive Behavior
Support/Multi-tier Systems of Support
Early Childhood PBS-Program-wide PBS
Children and Family Services
– Foster Care
– Family Preservation
Mental Health: Center-wide Positive Behavior
– School-based Mental Health
– Family Support
Implementation of PBS in Systems
• Supporting adults living in the community
• Supported Employment
Nursing Homes/Elder Care
Facility-wide Positive Behavior Support
• Juvenile correctional facilities
• Special education settings
• Psychiatric Residential Treatment
Examples of School-wide Positive
Behavior Support in Johnson County:
Gardner/Edgerton School District
Establishing Consistent Behavioral
Expectations across all levels
afe-Walk to where you are going. -Keep hands to self. -Keep property clean. -Report danger.
-Walk on the correct side of the hallway.
-Keep lines 2-wide or less.
-Stay in your seat.
-Keep hands and other objects inside the bus. -Keep hands/feet/stuff out of aisle.
-Stay seated unless dumping tray. -Walk to and from lunch line. -Walk to/from your desk. -4 on the floor. -Use materials appropriately. -Walk to and remain in your seat during event. -Report danger. -Sit on bleachers. -Walk in aisles.
-Ask for assistance if you are unable to solve a problem.
repared-Bring your materials/what you need.
-Use your inside voice.
-Take care of business. -Have a hall pass when needed.
-Use your inside voice. -Bring only what you need on bus. -Stow
belongings in appropriate space.
-Bring only what you need to the lunchroom. -Know your lunch code.
-Come to class on time with all necessary materials. -Be ready to learn. -Come ready to cheer on the Mustangs! -Be positive. -Have your ride home arranged.
-Bring only what you need to these areas. -Know your username and password.
nited-Work together to reach goals. -Help others. -If you see a need, help meet it. -Be kind. -Recycle. -Report messy conditions or vandalism. -Pick up/throw away trash. -Hold door for others, help carry stuff, keep halls clear.
-Be aware of others and bus driver. -Set a positive example for each other.
-Help your table mates to leave a clean table. -Everyone pick up all trash.
-Work as a team with your classmates. -Cooperate with others. -Encourage one another. -Show your Mustang Pride! -Recognize achievements of both teams.
-Be sure laptops are plugged in. -Log off/shut down laptops completely. -Carry lap tops “lunch tray” style.
-Books returned in book drop.
-Push your chairs in. -Inside voice. -Keep materials clean. -Report book or computer damages.
espectful-Follow directions. -Wait your turn.
-Give everyone a chance.
-Use your manners. -Keep things clean. -Be considerate.
-Leave these places cleaner than you find them.
-Follow directions/reques ts of bus driver. -Inside voice. -Follow directions of lunch supervisors. -Throw your trash away.
-Raise your hand to get supervisor’s attention. -Follow directions of your teacher. -Listen to who is speaking without interrupting. -Raise your hand to speak. -Take care of materials. -Be positive as you cheer the ‘Stangs to victory! -Say “excuse me” if someone is in your way.
-Follow directions of the adult in this area. -Clean up your area. -Return materials to the proper location. -Log off computers.
elf-Control-Keep your hands/feet/belongin gs to yourself. -Inside voice. -Stay on task. -Problem-solve. -Make good choices. -Keep hands/feet to yourself. -Keep materials/property off of the walls. -Do not jump or hang from doorways. -Keep hands/feet to yourself. -Inside voice. -Stay seated.
-Keep your food on your tray. -Inside voice. -Keep hands/feet/food to self. -Keep your hands/feet to yourself. -Raise your hand to speak. -Wait your turn to speak/share ideas. -Keep your hands/feet to yourself. -Follow directions of crowd supervisors.
-Keep your hands on your computer only. -Inside voice. -Follow technology agreement.