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Resources for Parents

Much of this website is dedicated to providing schools with resources to implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. In addition to school efforts, active parent involvement within the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports process is highly desirable. The purpose of this section of the website is to provide parents and guardians with some suggestions and ideas for becoming actively involved with Positive Behavior Support at your child's school. The information is divided into two sections: Parent Involvement in Universal Intervention Planning and Parent Involvement in the Development of Individualized Behavior Intervention Plans.

Parent Involvement in Universal Intervention Planning

If you are not familiar with the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports model or the Universal Intervention tier of that model, it may be helpful for you read the section of the website on Universal Interventions.  Universal Interventions are designed for all students, all settings, and all staff in the building. Universal Interventions are considered a proactive and instructive approach to behavior and discipline. By defining and teaching behavioral expectations, students actively learn how to make appropriate behavioral choices in social settings, a lifelong skill set. The role of adults within the Universal Intervention is to (a) clearly define and communicate what is expected of students, (b) explicitly teach behavioral expectations to students and utilize precorrection strategies to prompt appropriate behaviors, (c) provide students with positive feedback for following the expectations, and (d) use instructional corrective responses when undesired behavior occurs. Parent involvement on the Universal planning team encourages several positive outcomes including: (a) incorporating a home and community perspective into the development of interventions, (b) encouraging the development of better home-school communication strategies, and (c) encouraging carry over of Universal Interventions (e.g., providing praise for following school rules) into the home setting. To get involved in Universal Interventions at your child's school, consider the following strategies:

Find out what programs are occurring at your child's school . Ask the principal/case manager if your school is using the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports model.

Volunteer to be a parent representative on the Universal Intervention planning team or volunteer to assist with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports related activities as needed.

Share information about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports with school personnel . If your child's school is not currently using the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports model, share information (e.g., fact sheets or a print out from this website) with the principal, your child's teachers, and child study team personnel . Share information about Positive Behavior Support with your child's case manager or principal and discuss how implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports can help improve the school's climate.

Recruit other parents to join with you . When sharing information about a new practice, it can be hard to be the "lone voice." Consider attending parent meetings or support groups to share information about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports to get a broader base of parent support at your district.

Get Connected to Local and National Organizations. Local and national organizations offer parents an important source of information, networking, and resource about advocacy and PBSupport. Many organizations sponsor annual conferences, listservs, and newsletters that can offer parents helpful hints, resources, and education on PBSupport. Two key New Jersey organizations:

New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education

State-wide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN):
Phone: 973 642-8100 ext. 123


Parent Involvement in the Development of Individualized Behavior Intervention Plans. 
Often, children and youth who engage in behaviors considered challenging by adults are perceived as needing services that are beyond the local school's expertise. However, with careful planning and attention to the Positive Behavior Support (PBSupport) process, local schools can successfully implement strategies that result in students with disabilities receiving services in general education settings. If you are not familiar with the PBSupport process to develop individualized behavior intervention strategies, you may find it helpful to review the section of the website titled:  Mapping-out Behaviors.  To get involved in developing an individualized behavior intervention plan using PBSupport for your child, consider the following strategies: