Florida's Positive Behavior Support Project (PBS)
Dr. Heather George, PhD
- Don Kincaid, Ed.D.
- Heather Peshak George, PhD
This project is designed to enhance the capacities of school district personnel, including teachers, administrators, related service personnel, and behavior specialists, as well as family members and outside agency representatives to use positive, assessment-based approaches to appropriately address school-wide issues of behavior support, as well as to support students with disabilities who display significant behavior challenges in their school, home, and community settings.
Positive behavioral support (PBS) involves the assessment and re-engineering of environments so people with problem behaviors experience reductions in their problem behaviors and increase social, personal, and professional quality in their lives. PBS is the application of behavior analysis and systems change perspectives within the context of person-centered values to the intensely social problems created by behaviors such as self-injury, aggression, property destruction, defiance, and disruption. It is an approach that blends values about the rights of people with disabilities with a practical science about how learning and behavior change occur. The overriding goal of PBS is to enhance quality of life for individuals and their support providers in home, school, and community settings.