Positive Behavior Supports Foundation and Beliefs


All behavior is a form of communication. It is the job of the team to examine what the individual is communicating by his or her own behavior through a variety of authentic and personalized assessments. The process goal is to design a respectful, person-centered plan to engender support, progress and success.


When an individual exhibits any adventuresome behavior, there is not something wrong internally with the individual. Instead, impacting factors must be examined including:

  • Communication factors
  • Control and choice-making factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Physiological factors
  • Relationship factors
  • Teaching factors
  • Building positive relationships with professionals and others are essential.
  • Team-building, active listening and problem-solving are essential skills in creating positive behavior supports.

Source: Dr. Patrick Schwarz, www.patrickschwarz.com