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Numerous studies have shown the positive impact of school-wide approaches on student behavior. Components of these approaches have included changes in structure, organization, and practices. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports is an example of a school-wide approach focused on establishing a positive social culture and the behavioral supports needed for all children.

Core Primary Prevention elements include:

  • Behavioral expectations defined and taught
  • Acknowledgement system for appropriate behavior
  • Continuum of consequences for problem behavior
  • Continuous collection and use of data for decision-making

Core Secondary Prevention elements include:

  • Universal screening
  • Progress monitoring for at risk students
  • System for increasing structure and predictability
  • System for increasing contingent adult feedback
  • System for linking academic and behavioral performance
  • System for increasing home/school communication
  • Collection and use of data for decision-making

Core Tertiary Prevention elements include:

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Team-based comprehensive assessment
  • Linking of academic and behavior supports
  • Individualized intervention based on assessment information
  • Collection and use of data for decision-making​

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