Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children: The Early Childhood Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support

Authors: Glen Dunlap Ph.D., Kelly Wilson B.S., Phillip S. Strain Ph.D., Janice K. Lee M.Ed.

Format: Paperback w/CD-ROM, 216 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598572506
Price: $42.95

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Now early childhood professionals have their own guide to the popular Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) model—the research-proven, family-centered approach used in schools nationwide to resolve challenging behaviors. Developed by top behavior experts, this practical, reader-friendly guidebook shows you how to improve the social-emotional development and prevent challenging behaviors of young children in preschool settings by:

  • Preventing behavior problems
  • Teaching proactive communication and social skills
  • Reinforcing positive behavior

A highly effective approach drawn from the research and principles of applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support, Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children will help you

  • resolve persistent challenging behaviors
  • address problem behaviors common in younger children
  • set individualized goals for children
  • conduct family-centered assessment and intervention
  • help children with and without disabilities
  • work effectively with diverse families
  • collect reliable data and use it to inform next steps

The CD-ROM includes planning forms and worksheets tailored for early childhood programs, including a Goal Sheet, Daily Log, Behavior Rating Scale, Intervention Menu, and Team Implementation Guide. And four detailed case examples walk you through the PTR-YC steps and implementation.

Ideal for a wide range of early childhood settings—including preschools, Head Start, and child care programs—this practical guide will help you resolve even the toughest behavior challenges in young children.


Review: Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
“A valuable resource to support early childhood providers in helping children with challenging behaviors gain the social-emotional competencies they need to be successful . . . providers will find this a powerful new tool to resolve issues effectively and in a timely manner. The many real-life examples and the user-friendly forms included in the book make the model accessible to early childhood practitioners who work in a variety of settings—from school-based early childhood preschool programs to small day care centers.”
Review: Book News Inc.
“The book clearly explains the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children model, and how to implment the model. The authors explain how to use the PTR-YC model with any child who engages in repeated pattern of challenging behavior that clearly interferes with the child's social-emotional development.”
Review by: Patricia Snyder, University of Florida
“An indispensable and user-friendly resource . . . PTR-YC meets a critical need and will help teams make timely, developmentally appropriate, and data-informed decisions about the design, implementation, and evaluation of individualized positive behavior support interventions for young children with persistent challenging behavior.”
Review by: Ilene Schwartz, University of Washington
“I am looking forward to recommending PTR-YC to all of the teams that I work with. This volume is going to be an essential tool for all teams working with young children. The authors have done a masterful job of distilling the complex process of behavior change into clearly defined steps.”
Review by: Lise Fox, Professor and Director, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida
“A step-by-step guide that facilitates the design and implementation of effective behavior support plans. . . interventions are developmentally appropriate and consistent with the values of early educators.”
Review by: George Sugai, Director of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
“The early childhood professional now has a state-of-the-art guide for supporting young children with challenging behaviors.”
Review by: Robin McWilliam, Siskin Children's Institute
“Thank goodness for this data-based, compassionate, comprehensive model to help children and families . . . The strategies, forms, and examples in this manual help the reader handle many problem situations.”
Review by: Hill Walker, founder and co-director, Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior in the College of Education at the University of Oregon
“If I were asked to recommend the best approach for preventing challenging behavior patterns among preschoolers, this book would be my first and only choice. This is truly an amazing resource . . . provide[s] an invaluable legacy of knowledge in this area and lays the foundation for the adoption of effective practices for years to come.”

Table of Contents

About the Authors

  1. Introduction to PTR-YC
    Appendix: Key Terms
  2. Families
    Appendix: Case Examples
  3. Getting Ready: Teaming and Goal Setting
    Appendix: Case Examples
  4. Data Collection
    Appendix: Case Examples
  5. PTR-YC Assessment (Functional Behavioral Assessment)
    Appendix: Case Examples
  6. PTR-YC Intervention
    Appendix: Case Examples
  7. Using Data and Next Steps
    Appendix: Case Examples

Appendix: Interventions

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