CE Article: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: A Role for Occupational Therapy in Schools
Dottie Handley-More, MS, OTR/L and Meira Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a prevention-based framework for supporting academic and school behavior outcomes for all students. It includes interventions and supports in three tiers: whole school strategies, classroom-based or small group intensive approaches, and one-on-one interventions to prevent negative behaviors and increase prosocial and desirable behaviors. The ultimate goal of PBIS is to increase students’ participation in school-based occupations as well as student quality of life. This article reviews the philosophical, theoretical, and legal tenets of PBIS; strategies for supporting students in all three tiers; and roles that occupational therapy practitioners can play when implementing PBIS in schools.
- Identify the legal mandates that address positive behavior interventions and supports in schools.
- List the core components of schoolwide PBIS.
- Identify the three tiers of PBIS intervention.
- Recognize roles that occupational therapy practitioners can play when implementing PBIS in schools.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
Content Focus: Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process
Reference Information: Handley-More, D., Orentlicher, M., (2013). Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: A Role for Occupational Therapy in Schools. OT Practice, 18(11), CE-1–CE-8