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Positive behavioral support (PBS) began in the early 1980’s as an application of applied behavior analysis based on research-validated behavioral interventions for individuals (ages pre-school through adult) who experienced serious or self-injurious behaviors. PBS focuses on changing individual behaviors across many different types of settings using research-validated behavioral and contextual interventions for specific individuals, groups of individuals (e.g., classroom) and universal (e.g., schoolwide) behavior management interventions. These strategies have documented success in improving pro-social behaviors for individuals who once experienced limited or inappropriate social interactions. The four primary steps of PBS are: assessing the function of the behavior using a functional behavior assessment (FBA); formulating a hypothesis about why the behavior is occurring; conducting a functional behavior analysis to test the hypothesis; and creating a behavior intervention plan (BIP).

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