Friday, March 9, 2007

4th Annual International Association of Positive Behavior Supports Conference

Sorry for the post paucity, but I have been at the 4th Annual International Association of Positive Behavior Support Conference, since Wednesday afternoon. It has been a great conference so far with one more day to go. You can expect a lot of positive behavior support links and information over the next few weeks as I begin to process the loads of information I learned.

For those of you who are not familiar with Positive Behavior Supports or who (wrongly) assume it is behavior analysis without punishment procedures here are the basic bullets of what PBS is:
  • PBS provides context for ABA (Application of Behavior Analysis)
  • PBS values the dignity and human rights of those with disabilities while using scientific methodology to increase positive behaviors while decreasing problem behaviors
  • PBS focuses on the environment of the individual, working to create a setting for positive behavior and eliminate situations which may produce problem behaviors
  • PBS uses functional assessment to determine the purpose of targeted behaviors, implements comprehensive interventions that are positive, proactive, educative and functional while focusing on lifestyle enhancement to improve the individuals quality of life
"The overriding goal of PBS is to enhance quality of life for individuals and others within social settings in home, school, and community settings." -APBS website

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