Positive Strategies for Students with Behavior Problems

Authors: Daniel Crimmins Ph.D., Anne Farrell Ph.D., Philip W. Smith Ph.D., Alison Bailey M.S.Ed.; Foreword Author: Jim Jeffords

Format: Paperback, 240 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781557668783
Price: $32.95

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When a student's challenging behavior can't be resolved through either traditional disciplinary approaches or schoolwide positive behavior support (PBS), what can a teacher do next? This groundbreaking manual has effective solutions for educators from grades K-12. Developed specifically for use with children with persistent or severe behavior problems, this book introduces educators to the systematic Positive Strategies method, which helps teachers understand why behaviors persist, prevent problem behavior, and replace challenging behaviors with better alternatives.

Why does the Positive Strategies approach get results? Because it's

  • grounded in the proven and popular PBS approach that's already used in schools across the country
  • field tested with hundreds of school teams by the highly respected authors and collaborating school teams
  • nonaversive, stopping escalating cycles of problem behavior and helping students develop a better way
  • adaptable to the unique needs of individual children in different educational contexts
  • equally useful for students with or without special needs

Teachers will get complete, step-by-step instructions on the two parts of the Positive Strategies method: 1) conducting functional behavioral assessments to see how student characteristics and environment interact with consequences to shape behavior, and 2) developing behavior intervention plans to prevent problem behaviors and teach replacement skills. Educators will also discover how to assemble effective school teams, implement the Positive Strategies method, and follow up with students to ensure the benefits are sustained.

With the appropriate, effective, and individualized solutions in Positive Strategies, school teams will help bring about long-term improvements in the social success, academic achievement, and overall quality of life for children with severe problem behaviors.


Review: Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
"Written as a well-crafted lesson plan - easily understood and followed."
Review by: Shirley Cohen, Professor, Department of Special Education, Hunter College, City University of New York; Director, Hunter College Autism Center for Professionals, Parents, and Programs
"Very useful . . . delineates the step-by-step process of utilizing positive strategies with clear explanations that novies to those procedures will understand and appreciate."
Review by: Lynn Koegel, Clinical Director, Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology, Gervitz Graduate School of Education
"Comprehensive, practical, and well-written. This excellent book belongs in the library of anyone who works with individuals with challenging behavior."
Review by: Ray Christner, Assistant Professor, Director of the Educational Specialist Program, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
"A must-have...not only covers the theoretical underpinnings, but also provides practical guidelines and useful resources."
Review by: Robert Motta, Professor of Psychology, Director, Doctoral Program in School-Community Psychology, Hofstra University
"A thorough practical and theoretical framework for developing positive and constructive behaviors in children...one of the few meaningful guides of its kind."

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Foreword - James M. Jeffords
  1. Introduction to Positive Strategies

  2. Essentials of Behavior

  3. Setting the Stage: Classroom and School as Context

  4. Positive Strategies Teams

  5. Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans

  6. Functional Behavioral Assessments

  7. Behavior Intervention Plans

  8. What Is Next? Promoting Long-Term Success

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