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The Process of Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

Step Five: Behavior Support Plan Development

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Safety Net Procedures

Whenever a team works together to help support a child with challenging behavior, the first concern of the team should always be safety. This is of particular concern with children who have a history of dangerous outbursts or behaviors that may place them directly in danger (e.g., running away)—any specific procedures that should be followed whenever the child engages in any challenging behavior that potentially places either the child or any other person in danger (Hieneman et al., 1999).

If a child has a history of dangerous behavior that places the child or other in harm, safety net procedures should be developed and included in the behavior support plan. Safety net procedures provide a script for what adults will do when the child engages in behavior that is potentially dangerous. Safety net procedures are strategies that keep children safe, they do not change behavior. In the past, strategies that are safety net procedures have been used by interventionists (e.g., removing the child from the room) as the sole intervention approach. These procedures only serve the purpose of ensuring the safety of the child and others. If a team develops or uses safety net procedures with a child, a full behavior support plan should also be developed and implemented.

Blank safety net procedures

Sample safety net procedures

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