Positive Behavior Interventions And Support (PBIS) What You Need to Know

This school is participating in positive behavior interventions and support while the students are sitting around a rug on the classroom floor with the teacher reading to them.

My son has no problem tearing apart our house and turning it into a path of legos and action figures. But when it is time to clean up the toys, we are usually dealing with a meltdown.

If you have a child with behavior issues, you probably worry about them getting into trouble at school. We do.


Positive Behavior Interventions And Support (PBIS) What You Need to Know

Many schools are trying a proactive approach to handle behavior problems. This approach is called positive behavioral interventions and support. The method is also known as PBIS. If you have never heard of this before we explain what this means in our blog: PBIS Defined


First, we need to understand the concept of this approach to behavioral issues. The purpose of PBIS is to create a positive environment at school so that all students can learn and grow. 

Studies have shown numerous benefits when using PBIS correctly in schools. Such as: 

  • Promotes positive student behavior
  • Improves school safety
  • Less bullying
  • Fewer detentions
  • Fewer suspensions
  • Better grades

This behavioral method also helps teachers understand a better way to respond to misbehaving students.

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Values of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

PBIS is not a treatment or therapy. It is more of an outline for teachers, administrators, and parents. All students follow this outline in school, not just in the special education classroom.

  • Every child can learn appropriate behavior.
  • Helping students at an early stage can prevent more severe behavior problems.
  • Each child is unique, and schools should provide many different types of behavior supports.
  • Research and science-based techniques should be the only type of behavior techniques taught.
  • Tracking students’ behavior progress is essential.
  • Everyone involved should use data when making all behavioral decisions.

How does PBIS work?

In schools with a traditional way of discipline, the teachers will use punishment to correct a wrong or inappropriate behavior. On the other hand, if you are in a school using PBIS, the first step is prevention. 

When the student first comes into a PBIS school, they learn about what behaviors are appropriate. Students are taught social skills, like “how to ask” in different school settings such as the library, recess, or the bus. Students will be taught these skills through role-playing or specific lessons.

A school using PBIS will have teachers looking for minor issues, and the teacher will try to stop them before it becomes a more significant issue. To do this, a school must create strategies to prevent the behavior from happening again. 


Example of PBIS

For instance, children often act out when they are bored or have nothing to do. Some of these strategies help students stay busy at break times using fidget tools or pairing students up with peers or staff mentors. 

Once trying some strategies, the staff members may change something if it is not working. In PBIS, discipline helps students understand their behavior and that behaviors have consequences. But punishment is rarely used.

Parent perspective

As a parent, you may want to ask your child’s school to explain their discipline and behavior plan. A great way to help reinforce what your child’s school is doing is to ask the school what you can do at home. 

If your child has behavior problems, have a conversation with the teacher, what the behavior plan is, and how the school will help your child with his behavior. 

What You Need to Do If Your Child has an IEP

  • Ask about adding a behavior intervention plan (BIP) to the IEP. 
  • Have the school help you understand the intervention and procedures that will happen when your child does have behavior incidents.


If you’re a teacher or a parent… have you been a part of a PBIS program in your school? We’d love to hear about your experience!

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Young students are participating in a positive behavior interventions and support strategy in class doing yoga on the floor with yoga mats with the teacher.
Here’s a strategy that can change behavior issues once and for all: Positive Behavior Interventions And Support (PBIS) What You Need to Know .


McKenzie Wickham, M.S.Ed

McKenzie Wickham, M.S.Ed

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