Program Wide Positive Behavior Support
What is PBIS? Positive Behavior Interventions and Support is a system designed to allow children of all ages and ability levels to function at their highest possible by designing environments and supports that cater to the needs of the group or the child individually. Program-Wide PBIS takes the time to look at the needs of the children and help teach correct choices that allow them to align their behaviors with the expectations defined by the program or school. PBIS as a whole focuses on positive reinforcement rather than traditional discipline.
How is it useful? When teachers and staff take the time to teach the children correct behaviors rather than assuming they know exactly what we expect of them, the children will be able to achieve our expectations efficiently and in turn, classrooms of all ages face less problem behaviors as a long-term result. Traditional discipline aims to manage and control behaviors, whereas PBIS aims to support and teach correct behaviors successfully.
Why did we choose it? The ideals of PBIS are very much in line with the mission of ALC. We want to teach character values and personal skills to the children as well as help them grow developmentally. Additionally, schools across Pennsylvania are taking the initiative to begin the programs in their schools. States across the country are finding significant decreases in problems due to it’s mere introduction. With school districts across the Lehigh Valley starting School-Wide PBIS in their schools, our program also gives us the unique ability to prepare and reinforce the values your son or daughter might be learning with their school’s PBIS!
Click here to download a PDF with all of the PBIS info. Learn how we implement it here at ALC and about our rewards and motivation programs.