PBS uses a strengths-based, person centered approach for improving an individual's quality of life.
PBS tools and strategies are evidence-based and incorporate both behavioral and biomedical practices.
PBS addresses the function that maintains problem behavior by teaching social and communications skills as a replacement for challenging behaviors.
PBS includes interventions that involve changing situations and settings that trigger a problem behavior.
PBS requires everyone working with an individual to change their own behavior. The focus is on creating a positive environment for social learning using a team based planning process.
PBS is a layered approach:
Universal: All individuals receive opportunities to learn social skills and communications skills. Positive feedback is given to everyone for using new skills.
Targeted: Some individuals need more opportunities to practice new skills.
Intensive: A few individuals need intensive supports with multiple interventions to address their unique social and quality of life needs. Wraparound and/or person centered planning is used to guide each team's problem solving efforts.