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Children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) who do not receive appropriate support are at risk for many negative outcomes including serious mental health problems, substance abuse, and school failure. Longitudinal research suggests that these children become adults who experience lifelong difficulties related to substance abuse, marital discord, employment problems, arrests and institutionalization for crimes or mental health disorders. Research also indicates that children with emotional and behavioral disorders are at greater risk for involvement within the juvenile justice system. One of the challenges encountered in supporting a child with emotional and behavioral disorders is created by the lack of effective coordination across the agencies providing assistance to the child and family. Differences in mission, purpose, training, and professional viewpoints can make communication challenging contributing to a breakdown in effective support for children with EBD.
Positive behavior support is a set of team-based processes that can assist in the support of children with EBD. The first step in the PBS process for a child is wraparound planning. Wraparound is a philosophy of care and a team-based planning process that blends the support of multiple service agencies in order to create a positive set of outcomes for children and families. A core feature of the wraparound process is the emphasis placed on including families as full and active partners in the decision making process. Many families who have children with emotional and behavioral disorders must communicate across many different types of service systems. The communication and advocacy needed is daunting, especially when families are faced with economic hardships, and/or physical or mental health related issues that make it difficult to advocate effectively for their children.
The team supporting a child with emotional and behavioral disorders will create a positive behavior support plan with the child that is intended to make problem behavior irrelevant, inefficient, and ineffective. The process for identifying why a child is engaging in problem behavior is called Functional Behavioral Assessment.
Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
Individualized Multi-component Interventions