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Handbook of Positive Behavior Support

Sailor, W., Dunlap, G., Sugai, G., Horner, R. (Eds.)

2009, XVII, 775 p. 63 illus. With 2009.

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  • Offers, in one concise volume, the many elements of the burgeoning field of positive behavior support (PBS) and organizes them into a powerful, dynamic knowledge base, including theory, research, and applications
  • Reviews the origins, history, and ethical foundations of PBS
  • Relates schoolwide PBS that can be implemented to benefit all students – regardless of level of ability or conduct
  • Reports on applications of PBS in early childhood and family contexts
  • Examines related topics salient to PBS, including parenting issues, personnel training, use in high schools, poorly functioning schools, and so forth

A revolution in working with difficult students began during the 1980s, with a dramatic shift away from dependence on simply punishing bad behavior to reinforcing desired, positive behaviors of children in the classroom. With its foundation in applied behavior analysis (ABA), positive behavior support (PBS) is a social ecology approach that continues to play an increasingly integral role in public education as well as mental health and social services nationwide.

The Handbook of Positive Behavior Support gathers into one concise volume the many elements of this burgeoning field and organizes them into a powerful, dynamic knowledge base – theory, research, and applications. Within its chapters, leading experts, including the primary developers and researchers of PBS:

  • Review the origins, history, and ethical foundations of positive behavior support.
  • Report on applications of PBS in early childhood and family contexts, from Head Start to foster care to mental health settings to autism treatment programs.
  • Examine school-based PBS used to benefit all students regardless of ability or conduct.
  • Relate schoolwide PBS to wraparound mental health services and the RTI (response to intervention) movement.
  • Provide data and discussion on a variety of topics salient to PBS, including parenting issues, personnel training, high school use, poorly functioning schools, and more.

This volume is an essential resource for school-based practitioners as well as clinicians and researchers in clinical child, school, and educational psychology.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Analysis - Antisocial Behavior - Assessment - Emotion - Evidence-Based Practice - Training - development - intervention - psychology

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Education & Language - Psychology - Psychotherapy & Counseling - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Origins and History of Positive Behavior Support.- The Intellectual Roots of Positive Behavior Support and Their Implications for Its Development.- Positive Behavior Support and Early Intervention.- Toward an Ecological Unit of Analysis in Behavioral Assessment and Intervention with Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities.- Positive Behavior Support and Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism.- Integrating a Positive Behavior Support Approach within Head Start.- Empirically-Supported Intervention Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders in School and Community Settings.- A Program-Wide Model for Supporting Social Emotional Development and Addressing Challenging Behavior in Early Childhood Settings.- Integrating PBS, Mental Health Services, and Family-Driven Care.- Optimistic Parenting.- Families Facing Extraordinary Challenges in Urban Communities.- Delivering Behavior Support in the Foster Care System.- Defining and Describing School-Wide Positive Behavior Support.- Sustainability of Systems-Level Evidence-Based Practices in Schools.- Increasing Family Participation Through School-wide Positive Behavior Supports.- Primary Tier Interventions and Supports.- Secondary Tier Interventions and Supports.- Function-Based Supports for Individual Students in School Settings.- Implementation of School-wide Positive Behavior Support in Urban Settings.- Positive Behavior Support in Alternative Education, Community-Based Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Settings.- Behavior Supports in Non-classroom Settings.- Facilitating Academic Achievement through School-Wide Positive Behavior Support.- Using a Problem-Solving Model for Data-Based Decision Making in Schools.- Finding a Direction for High School Positive Behavior Support.- Systems Change and the Complementary Roles of Inservice and Preservice Training in School-Wide Positive Behavior Support.- Sustaining Positive Behavior Support in a Context of Comprehensive School Reform.- Completing the Continuum of School-Wide Positive Behavior Support.- Implementing Function-Based Support within School-Wide Positive Behavior Support.- Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavior Support.

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