Recommended Practices Handouts
The following handouts offer professionals and family members information on evidence-based recommendations for a variety of topics. Copying and distribution of these documents is encouraged.
- Getting Preschool Classrooms on Board with School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (SW-PBIS).
This article offers tips ensuring that preschool classrooms are part of the implementation of SW-PBIS.
- Implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support: The Evidence-Base of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children
This document offers a brief overview on the development of the Pyramid Model and discusses the evidence for the Pyramid Model practices.
- A Classroom-Wide Model for Promoting Social Emotional Development & Addressing Challenging Behavior In Preschool Children
This research brief describes a federally-funded randomized study examining the implementation of the Pyramid Model within public school classrooms that included children with disabilities. This promising research provides evidence that supports the Pyramid Model as being effective in promoting the social skills of all children and reducing the problem behaviors of children who have challenging behavior.
- Being an Evidence-Based Practitioner: What does it take to be an evidence-based practitioner?
This fact sheet describes what evidence-based practitioners do, notes some of the challenges that affect the implementation of evidence-based practices, and offers advice for addressing those challenges.
- Supporting Infants and Toddlers with Challenging Behavior
This fact sheet provides guidance on program practices that may be used to support very young children with challenging behavior and their families.
- Linking Social Development and School Readiness to Behavior
Social competence is critically important for a child's readiness for school. This fact sheet discusses the importance of school readiness and provides guidance on how to ensure that policy, programs, and educators can promote readiness.
- Program Practices for Promoting the Social Development of Young Children and Addressing Challenging Behavior
Evidence-based program practices are provided in this fact sheet. A comprehensive model of universal, secondary, and indicated prevention and intervention practices are described.
- Identifying and Monitoring Outcomes Related to Children's Social-Emotional Development
Many young children engage in challenging behavior when they do not have the social or communicative skills to express their needs or feelings in appropriate ways. This fact sheet discusses how to prevent and address problem behavior by teaching children social skills they can use in place of problem behavior.
- Preventing Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Effective Practices
The single best way to address challenging behaviors in young children today is to take steps to make sure that they never occur. While there is no universal panacea for preventing challenging behaviors, there are several broad-based early intervention strategies that researchers suggest to prevent challenging behaviors.
- Addressing Persistent Challenging Behaviors
Assessment-based, individualized interventions are needed for young children with persistent challenging behavior. This fact sheet provides guidance on the implementation of Positive Behavior Support and the development of effective behavior support strategies.
- The Pyramid Model: PBS in Early Childhood Programs and its Relation to School-wide PBS
A brief article that defines and explains terms related to Positive Behavior Support (PBS), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and the Pyramid Model and a discussion of the key areas of similarity and difference between preschool and school-age implementation of a PBS-based multi-tiered systems..
- Facts About Young Children with Challenging Behavior
Young children with challenging behavior have a significant risk of continued problems, school failure, and social adjustment problems. This fact sheet provides a summary of the research on the significance of the issue, the social costs associated with young children who have challenging behavior, and the importance of early intervention.
- Pyramid Model Handout
This handout illustrates the various levels of the Pyramid Model in a format that is easy to print and ideal for distribution.
- The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children Fact Sheet
This four-page fact sheet provides an overview of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. Specifically, this fact sheet describes the three tiers of intervention practice: universal promotion for all children; secondary preventions to address the intervention needs for children at risk of social emotional delays, and tertiary interventions needed for children with persistent challenges. Additionally, six key assumptions that were made during the design process about how the Pyramid Model would be implemented are outlined.