More about PBS

The following core features define PBS:

Collaborative teaming: Engagement of individuals, parents and other family members, and service providers (across disciplines and settings) in all aspects of process
Data-based decision making: Decisions are made based on objective information about the behaviors of concern, skills developed, and other indicators of progress
Assessment of contexts and functions: Assessments that identify not only the possible purposes of behavior, but also the circumstances in which behaviors occur precede intervention
Proactive/preventive approaches: Interventions include environmental arrangements and clarification of expectations to set the stage for positive behavior
Teaching replacement skills: Interventions include instruction in immediate replacement skills (e.g., communication) and/or desired behaviors (e.g., social skills)
Functional consequences: Interventions include providing reinforcement for positive behavior and withholding it in the absence of problem behavior - punishment is minimized
Ecological/systemic perspective: Interventions may include supports for individuals, groups, and entire systems in order to produce sustainability in intervention outcomes
Consistent implementation: strategies are incorporated to provide training for typical caregivers and staff and monitor fidelity of implementation
Contextual relevance: strategies are designed to fit within natural routines and based on the available resources and preferences of the people involved
Focus on lifestyle change: outcomes of interventions are evaluated based on improvements in quality of life (e.g., inclusion/community participation, social relationships)