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The Process of Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

Step Two: Person-Centered Planning

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Detailed Instructions for Personal Futures Planning

The following eight maps can be used for an initial futures plan:

Initial Futures Plan Maps

  • Who We Are and How We Feel - Who is attending, their feelings about being at the meeting.
  • Background and History - Provides an overview of the life experiences of the individual and his family.
  • Who is (Focus Child) - Describes the unique personality characteristics, abilities, and talents of the focus child.
  • Typical Day - Describes the typical activities of the day and the child’s reaction to those activities.
  • Preferences/What Works and What Doesn’t - Describes personal preferences, gifts, and interests, as well as conditions to avoid.
  • Choices - Describes decisions made by the person and decisions made by other people
  • Vision - Describes ideas about personal dreams and desires for the future.
  • A Plan - Identifies the steps necessary to begin to realize the dream.

These maps were adapted for young children, therefore, they differ slightly from the ones described in the personal futures planning booklet, yet, their purpose was the same. The purpose is to obtain basic information about the focus child and his family and to gain an insight into the child’s life by reviewing his choices, preferences, and daily routines. Then, people who are committed to the quality of the focus child’s life provide a voice for the child’s dreams and goals for the future. The dreams are used for the vision map and then the necessary steps for realizing the dream are outlined in the plan map. Before the actual meeting, write out the map headings and determine symbols/art that you will use. Doing as much work prior to the actual meeting, will save time and increase the efficiency of the meeting.

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