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Positive Behavior Support

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Definition of Positive Behavior Support

Positive behavior support (PBS) is a values-based and empirically validated approach for resolving problem behaviors and helping people lead enhanced lives. This definition contains a number of components that warrant explanation. First, PBS is an approach or a process. It is not a particular technique, practice, or program but rather a framework to guide the selection and implementation of effective intervention strategies. Second, PBS is explicitly based on values. In particular, PBS employs strategies that are strengths based and respect the dignity, individuality, and autonomy of all participants. Third, PBS is grounded in applied research, with its intervention components being derived from the conceptual models and empirical findings of social, behavioral and biomedical science. The approach ...

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