Positive Behavior Support
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) was developed initially as an alternative to aversive interventions used with students with significant disabilities. Students were aided in finding alternative and non-harmful ways to communicate their needs. As an inclusive practice, PBS asks us to respect that students have different needs and communicate their needs in different ways and therefore not all students will behave in the same way. When teachers only allow for behaviors we deem “normal” we often end up excluding students from academic instruction. What inclusive education asks us to do is to expect a great range of human differences and prepare to work with the people who bring their problems and sometimes problematic behaviors with them into our classrooms. Positive behavioral support is an instructional curricular approach that assumes and respects human differences and can help prevent the exclusion of students with behavioral differences from the classroom.