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What is PBS?


PBS is an approach for teaching children appropriate behavior and providing the supports necessary to sustain that behavior. The goal of PBS is to reduce challenging student behavior through a proactive, positive, and consistent manner across all school settings and improving academic achievement and social competence. The key component of PBS is to teach children to respect themselves, others and property by setting the same expectations and using the same terminology across all school settings.
The triangle known as a continuum, reminds individuals that "one size does not fit all" for students. Universals serve as the foundational level of PBS and supports the tell, show, and practice model. However, universals will not decrease all behaviors. Research has shown that 80% percent of your students will buy-in when universals are implemented consistently. Students that fall within the secondary prevention area of the triangle will need additional support, practice, and feedback.
  1. Universal system of support: Behavioral support is provided for ALL students at the whole school level.
  2. Group systems of support: Additional behavioral support is provided across specific school settings (e.g., hallways, cafeteria, playground) for SOME selected groups of students who are at-risk for challenging behavior, as well as at the classroom level to address the social-behavioral needs of SOME students in classroom settings.
  3. Individuastudent systems:Additional, more intensive, individualized supports is provided for a FEW individual students with serious or chronic/severe problem behaviors for whom universal and group/classroom supports have not been fully effective in teaching expected social-interpersonal behaviors in all school settings.