Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors: Designing Positive Behavior Plans / Edition 1

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Practical and comprehensive, this book focuses on the nuts and bolts of designing positive behavior support plans for students with such disabilities as mental retardation, autism, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Strategies are provided for addressing individual behavioral problems at all levels of severity. Filled with illustrative examples, the book shows how to conduct a functional assessment and develop an overall support plan, using a team-based approach. Of particular utility, chapters detail specific types of interventions that could be included in the plan: antecedent interventions, alternative skills training, responses to problem behavior, long-term supports, home-based strategies, and more. Featuring self-check questions to facilitate learning and problem solving, this is an invaluable classroom text and professional guide.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This exceptional book answers the question of how to be effective with students who have serious behavior challenges. Written by some of the leading practical thinkers and problem solvers in the field, this volume is the best source of ideas and strategies currently available for dealing with issues related to problem behavior in educational settings. If you own it, you'll use it—many times. Graduate and undergraduate students in either general or special education programs could use this book as a text in courses on classroom management or social/behavioral assessment. In addition, the book would be very useful in inservice training for education personnel."—Edward Carr, PhD, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

"This is the first of a new generation of behavior management textbooks that contextualizes essential features of the science of behavior within meaningful environments, including classroom, school, home, and community. The text lays out the essential elements of creating effective positive behavior support plans in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step fashion that is appropriate for both special and general educators. What distinguishes this text from others currently available is the way it consistently emphasizes the importance of simultaneously teaching social behavior and building supportive environments to promote the use of targeted social skills. A great introductory behavior management text for preservice teachers or companion text for advanced graduate coursework."—Tim Lewis, PhD, Department of Special Education, University of Missouri

"This is a comprehensive handbook on the design of positive behavior supports. It is clearly written and filled with examples, and its content is linked to evidence-based strategies for addressing problem behavior. Practitioners will like this book because it coherently explains how to address problem behavior, and university instructors will like it because it does not oversimplify the complex process of designing positive behavior supports."—Martha E. Snell, PhD, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

NASP Communiqu�
"This book does indeed contain virtually everything a novice practitioner might need in order to begin the process of successfully implementing behavior change and support in a school setting. The book is arranged in logical, sequential, coherent order....While I have used a number of texts in my undergraduate course on positive behavior supports, I plan to use this excellent book when I teach the course again. The book admirably fulfills the goals it was designed to meet. I believe it belongs in the library of every school psychologist (and teacher) who works with students who present behavior problems."—NASP Communiqué
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593851187
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/17/2005
  • Series: Guilford School Practitioner Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 604,154
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda M. Bambara, PhD, received her doctorate in special education from Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in severe disabilities. She is currently Professor of Special Education at Lehigh University and Executive Director of Lehigh Support for Community Living, a university-affiliated program that supports adults with disabilities to live in their communities. For more than 15 years, Dr. Bambara has actively promoted positive behavior supports for school-age children and adults with developmental disabilities, through research, advocacy, and consulting. Her other interests include enhancing self-management, self-determination, and community participation for people with severe disabilities. Dr. Bambara has published numerous articles and book chapters in these areas, including two books on positive behavior support. She serves on five editorial boards of professional journals in developmental disabilities, including the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and is the past editor-in-chief of Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, formerly the Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (JASH).

Lee Kern, PhD, received her doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida and is currently Professor of Special Education at Lehigh University. Dr. Kern has worked in special education for more than 20 years as a classroom teacher, behavior specialist, and consultant. Her research interests focus on severe challenging behavior, functional assessment, and curricular interventions, primarily with individuals with social, emotional, and behavioral needs. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in these areas and has received several grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Mental Health to research strategies to address children's behavioral challenges. Dr. Kern is currently Associate Editor of Education and Treatment of Children, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and serves on the editorial boards of five educational journals.

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Table of Contents

1. Evolution of Positive Behavior Support, Linda M. Bambara
2. Understanding the Environmental Determinants of Problem Behaviors, Glen Dunlap, Joshua Harrower, and Lise Fox
3. Overview of the Behavior Support Process, Linda M. Bambara
4. Teaming, Linda M. Bambara, Stacy Nonnemacher, and Freya Koger
5. Strategies for Measuring Behavior Change, Raymond G. Miltenberger
6. Gathering Functional Assessment Information, Lee Kern, Robert E. O'Neill, and Kristin Starosta
7. Developing Hypothesis Statements, Lee Kern
8. Antecedent and Setting Event Interventions, Lee Kern and Shelley Clarke
9. Teaching Alternative Skills, James Halle, Linda M. Bambara, and Joe Reichle
10. Responding to Problem Behavior, Lee Kern
11. Long-Term Supports and Ongoing Evaluation, Tim Knoster and Don Kincaid
12. Extending Behavior Support in Home and Community Settings, Lynn Kern Koegel, Robert L. Koegel, Mendy Boettcher, and Lauren Brookman-Frazee
13. Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support: An Alternative Approach to Discipline in Schools, Robert H. Horner, George Sugai, Anne W. Todd, and Teri Lewis-Palmer

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