PBS in School, Home and Community – An ACT Video Learning Stream

This learning stream of eleven presentations from a range of professions, tackles the serious issue of how to work with children with challenging behaviors. The presenters engages educators, families, and communities to “set the stage for success” by using Positive Behavior Support (PBS) techniques for students with ASD and other special needs. The focus is on providing positive, practical information, informed by research, to tackle the difficult issues facing families and professionals.

These presentations were recorded at ACT’s 1st Annual PBS Conference, held in October 2018 at the downtown campus of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. The conference was sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research & Collaboration (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia. CIRCA has also sponsored the development of this learning stream.

ACT thanks all of our presenters and panelists for their generosity in allowing us to provide their contributions to viewers internationally.

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Family Centred, Culturally Responsive PBS

Family Centred, Culturally Responsive PBS

Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn presents a multi-method study of family centered positive behavior support (FCPBS), designed to be culturally responsive to families raising a child with developmental disabilities. A fascinating case study demonstrates how the family was coached to use PBS strategies to transform their child’s ability to eat a nutritious diet and play with her sibling.

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Including Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities in Schoolwide PBS: All Means ALL!

Including Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities in Schoolwide PBS: All Means ALL!

Dr. Mirenda presents the elements of school-wide Positive Behavior Support, demonstrating how students with autism and other developmental disabilities can benefit from inclusion in school-wide initiatives. She presents important research demonstrating that school-wide PBS can significantly reduce behavioral challenges and allows teachers to focus on teaching!

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PBS – Working Together to Support Children and Families

PBS – Working Together to Support Children and Families

Supporting students with disabilities and their families takes a village, including a range of professionals who must collaborate if students and families are to be provided with seamless service. Dr. Schwartz, an internationally recognized researcher, discusses strategies that professionals can employ to work collaboratively, across disciplines, to enhance outcomes for students with disabilities.

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Providing Culturally Sensitive PBS to Families

Providing Culturally Sensitive PBS to Families

BCBA's Mariko Tachi and Noreen Dunn describe their experience of providing culturally sensitive PBS. They identify three key factors: Developing rapport informed by the family’s culture; Incorporating cultural beliefs and parenting practice into development of PBS; Acculturate the key stakeholder’s beliefs when training for implementation.

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Providing Culturally Sensitive PBS to Families: Discussion and Q&A

Providing Culturally Sensitive PBS to Families: Discussion and Q&A

Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn, Mariko Tachi, and Noreen Dunn discuss PBS in school and home in cross-cultural contexts. Questions include ethical considerations of cultural norms, PBS approaches in other cultures compared to Canada, bridging the gap in communications with schools, and cultural humility.

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Positive Behavior Support in Schools – Discussion and Question period

Positive Behavior Support in Schools – Discussion and Question period

This panel discussion, facilitated by Nathan Ngieng, Director of Instruction for Learning Support Services with the Abbotsford School District, features Preetinder Narang, Tina Gunn, Dr. Ainsley Boudreau, and Dr. Victoria Knight in a lively Q&A and discussion of PBS in schools.

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Membership, Belonging, and Development of “Soft Skills” within a PBS framework

Membership, Belonging, and Development of “Soft Skills” within a PBS framework

In this presentation, Dr. Knight articulates recent research and ideology regarding the importance of membership and belonging along with development of soft skills (e.g., communication, problem-solving) within a PBS framework.

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How Classmates Can Facilitate Positive Social Behaviors for Children with ASD

How Classmates Can Facilitate Positive Social Behaviors for Children with ASD

Dr. Boudreau presents the evidence and practical applications for a variation on the common parent delivery model of Pivotal Response Treatment in which typically developing peers learn new ways to play with their classmates with ASD.

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Tier 3 Interventions and Supports – Behavior Technician Training for Paraprofessionals

Tier 3 Interventions and Supports – Behavior Technician Training for Paraprofessionals

Preetinder Narang, MEd, BCBA & Tina Gunn, MEd, BCBA, provide insight into the design and execution of a multi-component training program and offer practical recommendations to guide behavioral training for paraprofessionals supporting students with autism in both school and community settings.

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WTF – What’s the Function?

WTF – What’s the Function?

Problem behaviors are one of the greatest barriers to student learning and is a significant problem for school staff and parents alike. Dr. Richard Stock dispels myths about why students engage in problem behaviors and teaches participants about the four functions of behavior.

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Practical Ways to Decrease Challenging Behaviors

Practical Ways to Decrease Challenging Behaviors in School, Home and Community Settings

This presentation discusses various intervention procedures for decreasing challenging behaviors. The emphasis is on Positive Behavior Support evidence-based procedures that are coordinated, multi-component, and systematically implemented throughout the individual’s day.

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This series is supported by:

CIRCA

The video production of this learning stream on positive behavior support has been sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Reesarch and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia.

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University has co-sponsored this ACT event and provided event support.