Positive Behavior Support strategies are an essential element in the work of professionals in the developmental disability field. Positive Behavior Support encompasses behavioral strategies to deal with a broad range of situations from teaching routine tasks and social skills to responding to acts of aggression and self-injury. The goal is to help people with developmental disabilities overcome problem behavior with positive, life-affirming strategies so they can lead quality lives.
AAIDD has developed training curricula to help direct support staff and their supervisors understand the needs of their clients, and use proactive, proven psychological techniques to reinforce good behavior. AAIDD’s positive behavior support curriculum also prevents challenging behavior, manages difficult behavior when it occurs, trains clients to become more independent, and also increases the professionals’ own confidence and reduces their stress.
At the same time, the curriculum stresses the core values of positive behavior support:
The training curriculum also has a supervisory section to train supervisors in positive behavior support. This is a valuable tool because supervisors are expected to be both behavioral experts and effective managers in a field that is evolving so rapidly that the roles and responsibilities of supervisors are constantly changing.
AAIDD Supervisory Skills Class Pack includes:
The courses combine interactive exercises, detailed case examples, and instructive information to guide supervisors so that they can assist staff in providing the best possible care to people with developmental and related disabilities.
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Training with the Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum (PBSTC) can be provided on-site for interested agencies and organizations by the PBSTC authors, Dennis Reid and Marsha Parsons. To date, Dennis Reid and colleagues have trained over 1,000 supervisors in agencies providing supports and services for people with intellectual disabilities. Over 98% of the participating supervisors have reported they would recommend the training they received to their colleagues. Training with the PBSTC can be provided for direct support professionals, supervisors, and/or trainers of the Curriculum. Training with the entire PBSTC usually encompasses four and one-half days for supervisors, and three and one-half days for direct support professionals. One of the days of training for each group involves on-the-job training with individual attendees while the remaining days involve classroom-based training. However, training can also be tailored to individual interests of agencies, focusing on specific content areas related to positive behavior support or certain groups of employees. Training trainers to use the PBSTC generally requires two days on-site. Interested in learning more? Please contact Danielle Webber for additional information.