IOTI - Positive Behavior Supports in Homes and Communities

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Project Context:
Families and paraprofessionals provide a significant percentage of hands-on support to persons with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities often display challenging or dangerous behaviors that limit their success at home, when seeking employment, and when socializing. Training opportunities for care providers are limited, particularly in rural areas or for non-traditional groups and families. A basic knowledge of Positive Behavior Support strategies gives families and care providers skills to prevent and manage difficult behaviors in ways that increase respect and inclusion.

Project Focus
The project works in conjunction with a variety of partnering agencies to increase outreach capacity, determine training topic needs, identify high needs populations, and hosting training opportunities. Training workshops are conducted in rural and urban locations of the state by experienced Master's level trainers. Training materials provide up-to-date and evidenced-based information and resources.

By utilizing the Positive Behavior Supports philosophy,these research-based training prepare participants to better support individuals with disabilities in exhibiting positive and pro-social behaviors using the following strategies and supports:

1) Conducting functional assessments, including the purpose of behavior and setting events;
2) Development of basic behavior plans;
3) Creation of targeted behavioral prevention and intervention strategies;
4) Awareness of laws, ethics, and rights of behavioral intervention;
5) Conflict avoidance strategies and skills for managing the angry or aggressive person in crisis; and
6) Teaching pro-social skills for positive interactions across settings.