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Designing Positive Behavior Support Plans (Second edition)

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    Linda M. Bambara and Timothy P. Knoster
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This AAIDD bestseller is a step-by-step, concise, and easy-to-read reference for school teams, providers, students, and parents to understand, design, and evaluate positive behavior support (PBS) plans for students with developmental disabilities.

“This book should be required reading for every teacher, practitioner, and parent of children with and without disabilities. Few books parallel its comprehensiveness.” Lynn Koegel, Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center/Director, Santa Barbara, California
“This text is a gem because it addresses the concepts of Positive Behavior Support without compromising on scientific integrity or overloading the reader with obscure behavioral terms. I will definitely refer to this text in my staff development programs in the future.”
Will Overfelt, Autism Outreach Services, Buncombe County Schools

“A clear, engaging, and informative presentation on how to implement PBS effectively in schools, this state-of-the-art book reflects the very best there is in science-based practical  approaches for minimizing problem behavior and producing meaningful  quality of life. A handy resource that can be used on a daily basis by teachers and other professionals.” Edward Carr, PhD, Leading Professor, Department of Psychology, State University of New York

“The updated and expanded second edition of Designing Positive Behavior Support Plans can be used as an excellent resource for classroom and workshop instruction of positive behavior support plan development for parents, teachers, and undergraduates students.” Duke Schell, Director of Psychology, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center

“This book is small but powerful! Bambara and Knoster provide an easy-to-use manual that guides educational teams in understanding and applying the principles of Positive Behavior Support across school and community settings. I anticipate using the book for many years to come.” Martha E. Snell, PhD, Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville


-Provides a clear conceptual framework on PBS to think critically about how to approach a student’s problem behavior proactively
-Includes detailed directions on using functional behavioral assessments to design individualized PBS plans for children with examples and completed forms
-Clearly illustrates contents of comprehensive PBS including: a) prevention through antecedent and setting event modifications; b) teaching alternate skills; c) designing consequence interventions; and d) creating long-term supports
-Includes an abridged version of the assessment process for students with less intensive problem behavior
-Comes with a comprehensive case study, two sample support plans, a progress evaluation summary, and frequently asked questions

By implementing these empirical strategies, professionals and parents can not only manage to reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors, but enhance the quality of life of a child with a developmental disability.

What sets the book apart
-Unique user-friendly format, with examples, tips, forms, and checklists that make it a handy reference for school teams, students, providers, and parents.
-A best seller! Proven history of working well for professionals in developmental disability
-Information and strategies laid out in the book facilitate the work of school personnel and contribute to a more respectful and caring environment
-Written by two well-known experts in PBS—Linda M. Bambara andTimothy P. Knoster
-Published by AAIDD, a leader in developmental disability information since 1876

New to the second edition
-Twice the subject matter of first edition reflecting updates to PBS over past decade
-Discussion on School Wide Positive Behavior Support and guiding principles in creating effective support plans
-New sections on collaboration and teaming—why it is important, ways to organize school teams, and considerations for person-centered plans
-List of tools for conducting functional assessments and how to select them
-New chapter on implementing support plans successfully
-An updated comprehensive resource bibliography and research-based references

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