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PBS Links Related to Developmental Disabilities (Focus on Children)

The links below are intended to help you navigate among the pages related to Developmental Disabilities (Focus on Children). The references or source material associated with the references on this website do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by APBS.

Examples of PBS Plans

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Research-based Case Study Summaries

The following vignettes come from peer-reviewed research articles or chapters found in the literature related to providing behavior interventions for individuals with challenging behavior. These summaries are intended to provide ideas for validated intervention strategies that are implemented in the field. While these vignettes are helpful in learning more about positive behavior support and behavior intervention strategies, they are only intended to be examples. All PBS plans should start with person-centered planning and functional behavioral assessment. The functional behavioral assessment is used to identify interventions that are based on the function maintaining the behavior and that are individualized for the person receiving support. Please gather valuable information from these vignettes, while being cautious not to over-generalize to all individuals who engage in challenging behavior.

Intervention Case Study 1


Sigafoos, J. & Meikle, B. (1996). Functional communication training for the treatment of multiply determined challenging behavior in two boys with autism. Behavior Modification, 20, 60-84.

Intervention Case Study 2


Horner, R.H., Day, H.M., Sprague, J.R., O’Brien, M., & Heathfield, L.T. (1991). Interspersed requests: A nonaversive procedure for reducing aggression and self-injury during instruction. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 24, 265-278

Intervention Case Study 3


Mirenda, P., MacGregor, T., & Kelly-Keough, S. (2002). Teaching communication skills for behavioral support in the context of family life. In J.M. Lucyshyn, G. Dunlap, & R.W. Albin (Eds.), Families and positive behavior support: Addressing problem behavior in family contexts (pp.185-207). Baltimore: Brookes.

Intervention Case Study 4


Todd, A. W., Horner, R. H., & Sugai, G. (1999). Self-monitoring and self-recruited praise: Effects on problem behavior, academic engagement, and work completion in a typical classroom. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 1(2), 66-76.

Additional Case Study Summaries from Research


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