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The Process of Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

Step 6: Monitoring Outcomes

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Data Collection

The most traditional form of ongoing assessment or data collection is a quantitative method that assesses progress through direct measurement of the child’s behavioral performance. Using direct measurement, behaviors are defined and measured during intervention, during "skill probe" periods (attempts by the child to perform the skill without instruction), and/or at other times when the behavior may be expected to occur.

Defining the Behavior

Direct measurement of a child’s skill development requires that the team first identify the skills or behaviors that will be measured and then select an appropriate unit of measure. A primary rule for describing what will be measured is to adequately define the behavior so there is no mistake about when it occurs and when it does not. The rule of thumb is that a behavior should be defined so that it is clearly understood by persons outside of the child’s support team.

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