AHWI - American Health & Wellness Institute


Positive Behavior Supports

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is is a set of research-based strategies used to increase quality of life and decrease challenging behaviors by teaching new skills and making changes in a person's environment.

POSITIVE: PBS is based on positive procedures in the acquisition of adaptive behaviors that take the place of the maladaptive behaviors. It is based on person-centered values, treating the whole individual and respects the dignity of the person.

BEHAVIORAL: PBS is empirically derived and based on the principles of behavior. PBS is a blending of the principles of behavior, scientifically proven procedures, systems change and an emphasis on outcomes important to the individual and society as well.

SUPPORT: PBS interventions usually consist of more than one strategy and involving all who care for the person. PBS involves collaboration among all the care givers and support providers, including doctors, nurses, teachers, aides, nurses, social workers, team leaders, housekeepers, etc; A support team includes all those individuals who are involved with the individual and concerned about his or her problem behavior.

Functional Behavior Assessments

What is a "Functional Behavioral Assessment?"

The term "Functional Behavioral Assessment" comes from what is called a "Functional Assessment" or " Functional Analysis" in the field of applied behavior analysis. This is the process of determining the cause (or " function") of behavior before developing an intervention. The intervention must be based on the hypothesized cause (function) of behavior.

Why Do Functional Behavioral Assessments?

Failure to base the intervention on the specific cause (function) very often results in ineffective and unnecessarily restrictive procedures.