Positive Behavior Support & Applied Behavior Analysis

Instructor: Jennifer Moon
This lesson defines positive behavior support and applied behavior analysis. It then provides examples of how each is useful for a classroom teacher's use.

Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support

All behaviors have a purpose. Every action that a person takes, in turn, creates a reaction. You probably see this principle at work every day in your classroom. Unfortunately, though, your students, especially those with certain types of disabilities, are not always able to understand which behaviors are necessary to navigate their environment.

To understand why a student behaves unacceptably, you can employ strategies of applied behavior analysis. Once you understand the reasons that your student displays unacceptable behaviors, you can use positive behavior supports to increase the chances that your student will choose more acceptable behaviors.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis, often referred to as ABA, is the study of why individuals behave the way they do. It involves a great deal of individual behavioral observations, which consider what happened before and after the targeted/observed behavior to determine the function of the behavioral action.

Positive Behavior Support

Positive behavior support, often referred to as PBS, describes behavior management strategies that reinforce targeted behaviors to increase and/or decrease the likelihood of the occurrences of these behaviors.

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