Implementing Positive Behavior Support Systems in Early Childhood and Elementary Settings / Edition 1

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Discover how to implement the Programwide/Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Support (PW/SW-PBS) system, a prevention-based approach for teaching and supporting appropriate behavior in preschool and elementary school children.
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Editorial Reviews

Julia De Garmo
"Provides plentiful research and breaks down the processes for effectively implementing positive behavior supports in schools. Step-by-step directions, sample forms, and examples make the processes easy to incorporate and understand."
Lee Kern
"The most comprehensive book to date in the area of schoolwide and programwide positive behavior support for the early years."
Glen Dunlap
"An important and very timely book from leading authorities in positive behavior support. The extension of their approach to preschool programs is a vital contribution in preventing adverse trajectories of problem behavior. I recommended the book highly as a guide for programs serving children of all ages."
Susan Safarik
"The book’s major strengths are its practical information and the specific ways of looking at expectations and developing a common language. The forms included will be of great benefit to school teams."
Julia DeGarmo
"Provides plentiful research and breaks down the processes for effectively implementing positive behavior supports in schools. Step-by-step directions, sample forms, and examples make the processes easy to incorporate and understand."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412940566
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 410,399
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Melissa Stormont has been involved in special education and psychology for over 15 years. Dr. Stormont has worked to support children with behavioral problems as a teacher, behavioral consultant, and through teaching teachers and conducting research in higher education. Currently, Dr. Stormont is an Associate Professor in Special Education at the University of Missouri. Dr. Stormont has published extensive research related to the educational and social needs of young children who are vulnerable for failure including children with behavior problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and children who have limited resources due to poverty. Dr. Stormont’s research has included a focus on family and school factors that contribute to risk and resiliency. She has published over 30 articles and book chapters in these areas.

Dr. Timothy J. Lewis has been involved in special education for over 20 years. Dr. Lewis has taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders in high school, elementary, and self-contained psychiatric settings. At present, Dr. Lewis is Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Development, and Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri. Dr. Lewis has been involved with developing school-wide systems of behavioral support for over 15 years. He has worked directly with school teams around the world, secured several federal grants to support his research and demonstration efforts, and is a frequent contributor to the professional literature examining various aspects of Positive Behavior Support. His specialty areas include social skill instruction, functional assessment, and proactive school-wide discipline systems.

Rebecca S.Beckner is an early childhood behavior consultant with the public schools in Columbia, Missouri. She has been a family and individual counselor and owned a childcare center for ten years, specializing in the care of children with behavioral concerns. Becky currently participates in the evaluation of young children in the area of social/emotional/behavioral functioning and serves children with severe behavior problems and their families. She also facilitates several local Program-wide Positive Behavior Support teams in the public schools, Head Start, and community day cares. Becky has twenty years of experience consulting with teachers on behavior management and providing workshop and in-service training to teaching staff and parents on subjects such as Positive Behavior Supports, social skills, strategies for supporting children with significant behavioral difficulties, resiliency, and communicating with parents. Becky is a certified trainer of Program-wide Positive Behavior Support and has traveled throughout the country supporting teams as they implement the approach. She is also working on her dissertation at the University of Missouri (Special Education-Behavior Disorders) on implementing the PBS approach to improve at-risk behavior of preschool children, and is teaching courses on early childhood assessment and working with families.

Nanci Johnson is currently a Positive Behavior Support Facilitator for the Columbia Public Schools. She previously worked as part of the Missouri Positive Behavior Support initiative, collaborating to develop state training materials, conducting school based research and providing

consultation both in and out of the state. Nanci has taught parenting education, pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, as well as college level coursework. She has special interest in systems based school change, development of communities of practice to support effective instructional practices, and instructional leadership.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
1. A Proactive Approach to Behavior Management
The Importance of Understanding Students' Past Learning Experiences
Recommendations From the Field
Programwide/Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support
Continuum of Supports and Key Features
Support for PW/SW-PBS
Text Overview
2. Supporting Systems Change
Creating a Statewide, Districtwide, or Programwide System
Getting Started
Building Capacity at the School/Program Level
3. Team Leadership
Forming a PW/SW-PBS Team
Initial Planning Efforts
Determining Priorities and Time Frames
Assigning Roles and Running Effective Meetings
Determining Data Collection Needs
Professional Development
Promoting PW/SW-PBS to Staff and Families
4. Teach Behavioral Expectations
Choose Behavior Expectations
Determine Behaviors That Represent Expectations
Develop Matrix to Support Common Language
Teach Each Social Behavior
5. Support Appropriate Behavior
Strategies to Increase Use of Taught Behavioral Expectations
Strategies to Build Fluency and Maintain Appropriate Behavior
6. Corrective Consequences
Defining and Consistently Responding to Problem Behavior
Documentation of Problem Behavior
Using Corrective Consequences
Additional Considerations
Determining Different Consequences for Unique Needs
7. Data-Based Decision Making
Designing a Plan for Data Collection
SW-PBS Decision Making
8. Building Foundations for Small-Group and Individual Supports
Universals Firmly in Place
Systems to Establish Small Group/Targeted Supports
Small-Group/Targeted Strategies
Intensive/Individual Student Supports
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