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Online Course: Principles of Positive Behavior Support

Overview of the Principles of Positive Behavior Support for Direct Support Professionals

*This course is part of AAIDD's Online Library of hundreds of courses. You take courses at your own pace–and at the times most convenient to you. Courses are accessible 24 hours a day. You can start and stop when you need to; you do not need to complete a course in a single session.

In the field of developmental disability services, direct support staff handle challenging behavior from the individuals they serve on a daily basis. Positive behavior support is an effective and essential system for providing meaningful and enjoyable lives for people with disabilities. Not only does this system help you figure out why an individual does a particular behavior or not, but it also helps you develop a plan for intervention. While focusing on the reasons behind behavior issues, this course will instruct you on the principles of positive behavior support by examining the origins and preventions of challenging behaviors in the individuals being served and how to best support their needs. Interactive exercises, detailed case examples, and instructive information make this course helpful for applying this knowledge whenever you may need it. Based on guidelines from The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum, this course covers the foundation model for positive behavior support, various teaching methods for addressing and correcting behaviors, as well as numerous ways to assess results or collect data to make adjustments in future support plans. While the audience for this training should already know the basic human rights of the people they serve, the information in this training is appropriate for any direct support personnel working in any setting providing services to people with developmental and related disabilities.

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