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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Tutorial

High Need Students:

Individual Systems

Individual systems refer to specific supports for students who engage in chronic problem behavior.

Examples include:

  • a process exists for teachers to request assistance with a student
  • a student support team exists to receive referrals, identify and assess problems, collect data for use in decision making, identify action steps, communicate with family members
  • the student support team includes at least one individual skilled at conducting functional behavioral assessment
  • procedures and structures exist for integrating community-based resources in action planning and service delivery when necessary
  • behavior is monitored and feedback provided regularly to the student services team, relevant staff, and family members
  • formal opportunities exist for family members to receive training on behavioral support and positive parenting strategies



Examine the procedures in your school for helping students who have, or at risk for, emotional and behavioral problems.

  • How do teachers at your school request assistance?
  • Is there a formal structure for how assistance is provided?
  • How does the student support team function?
  • How are community-based resources integrated into the planning process and service delivery?
  • Who on your school staff coordinates these efforts?
  • How are family members integrated into the planning and service delivery process?
  • What recommendations would you make for improving the individual systems within your school?
  • Identify next steps for moving from recommendations to action.



Video Field Trip - Meet with a Student Support Team that include family and community representatives.






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