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Pyramid Model Stories

The Pyramid Model Story Project is a new initiative in which TACSEI is asking people to share their real-life experiences with the Pyramid Model. The idea behind this project is that TACSEI and CSEFEL recommend Pyramid Model implementation and share the positive outcomes that can result, but we believe the most compelling stories about the impact of the Pyramid Model are best told by the programs, professionals and families who experience the model. We think that in order to truly understand the impact, it is necessary to hear the personal stories of how the Pyramid Model has benefited children, families, teachers/providers, and programs.

Watch and listen to the stories below to discover the many ways that the Pyramid Model is changing the lives of children.

Have a story that you would like to share? Please tell us about it!

Helping Early Childhood Teachers Rediscover Their Love for Teaching

Listen to Linda Broyles, Deputy Director of SEK-CAP, Inc., in Kansas talk about how implementation of the Pyramid Model transformed their early childhood program from one where challenging behaviors were a consistently present problem to one where behavior is rarely an issue and teachers are able to focus their time and effort on teaching.

An Evidence-Based Framework for Prevention

Beth Achorn, a mental health specialist who works at a Head Start program in New Hampshire, discusses how the evidence-based framework of the Pyramid Model helped them to prioritize training and technical assistance to provide teachers with strategies to use in the classroom, and ultimately, improve the lives of the children they serve.

A Mother Finds Help for Her Son

As a parent and a behavior specialist in North Carolina, Deidre McMahon was desperate to find help for her young son who was struggling with behavior issues after a serious incident with ecoli. Listen to her talk about how the Pyramid Model changed their lives and provided specific strategies to help him with difficulties such as self-regulation and transitions.

Preventing the Need for Intensive Interventions in an Inclusive Program

Keri Giordano, director of a Children's Learning Center in New Jersey, talks about how consistent and dedicated implementation of the Pyramid Model in her school paid off and changed it from an environment where many children experienced challenging behavior to one where intensive interventions are seldom necessary.

A Framework for Early Childhood Programs Across Pennsylvania

Listen to Harriet Bicksler, a communications consultant in Pennsylvania, discuss how the Pyramid Model fits in with other early childhood initiatives that are being implemented in the state.

CO Division of Child Care Director Rosemarie Allen Discusses the Importance of the Pyramid Model

Rosemarie Allen, Director, Division of Child Care, Colorado Department of Human Services discusses how the Pyramid Model helps adults understand and prepare for childrens' challenging behavior.