Behavioral Training

Positive Behavior Support, also known as PBS, is a behavior device that is predominantly based on Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA. PBS has emerged as a popular intervention strategy used to promote positive behavior changes in children with autism spectrum disorders. Its primary objectives include helping children to embrace socially acceptable and relevant behaviors, to avoid inappropriate behavior and to learn practical skills that replace undesirable behaviors and actions. PBS is founded upon the conviction that every child deserves fair treatment, dignity and access to proper education.

Positive Behavior Support Principles

For many care givers, a challenging situation often pushes us to rely on patterns and techniques that have been effective in the past. In order to move forward and overcome difficult circumstances, care givers must first recognize that these patterns are no longer effective and then begin to seek alternative methods to deal with the issues at hand.

Identifying strengths in a child with Autism

In order to succeed in formulating an effective behavior support plan, we must emphasize the importance of each child's individual reasoning abilities, their comprehension of self and their propensity to regulate their own behavior. To begin establishing positive and negative reinforcement, consider the following concerning the child in question:

  • Preferred style of learning
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Personal motivations
  • Values, living environment and cultural views
  • Previous interventions and their results
  • Relationships with friends and family

Strategies for Behavior Support

A variety of different techniques have been proven to be effective in the altering of negatively charged behavior in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Some of the most frequently implemented methods included in an effective behavior support plan are:

  • Altering environment or familiar routine
  • Ignoring negative behavior
  • Altering expectations regarding the child's behavior
  • Encouraging and rewarding positive behaviors
  • Teaching new, positive and useful skills

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What is right for one soul may not be right for another. It may mean having to stand on your own and do something strange in the eyes of others. Autism: Do your own thing!
Eileen Caddy