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The Process of Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

Step One: Building a Behavior Support Team

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HOW are we going to promote the active participation of the family and all team members in the behavior support planning process?

How a team gathers to meet and collaborate around a child’s problem behavior can really "set the stage" for the tone of the teaming experience. It is extremely important to take into account that individuals come to the table with various backgrounds, knowledge and perceptions. Creating a sense of unity is important. A team can only work successfully when all the players not only have a shared vision but a sense of being an important contributor to the team.

There are steps a team leader can take to promote a positive collaborative experience. Meetings should occur in a comfortable location and at times that are convenient for both the educational/professional staff and the family. When teams gather to meet, members should talk in terms that all on the team understand; de-jargon the process. The room should be arranged to facilitate an equal exchange. Circular tables lend to this well, as there is not a person who sits at the "head of the table". Agendas are helpful in facilitating a smooth and efficient meeting. It is important to have a clear start and a planned agenda. Often, effective teams will generate an agenda that is distributed prior to the meeting so that team members have to time review and add to or delete agenda items as needed. Please see the Collaborative Team Meeting Notes worksheet for more information.

During the team meeting, roles are assigned such as: timekeeper, facilitator, recorder, and jargon buster. Role assignment encourages the team to stay on track with the meeting agenda and enables team members to be actively involved in the meeting. Role assignment also portrays a message that everyone on the team is important and time is valued and appreciated. As individuals on the team share information and ideas, the group listens with respect and all information discussed at the meeting is understood to be confidential.

The team develops a plan of action during the meeting. An Action Plan is then written to denote what actions are going to be taken, the steps involved to complete each actions step, who is responsible for each step, and the timeline for the action step to be completed. Please see the Collaborative Action Planning Form for more information. The facilitator ensures group participation through the use of teaming strategies and by giving an opportunity for all on the team to speak and reflect on the meeting once the meeting is coming to a conclusion. Please see the"Collaborating with Families: Building Capacity" sheet for more information. As the meeting is drawing to a close, the team decides on the next team meeting date.

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Step Two: Person-Centered Planning.

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