Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an implementation framework that is designed to enhance academic and social behavior outcomes for all students by (a) emphasizing the use of data for informing decisions about the selection implementation and progress monitoring of evidence-based practices; and (b) organizing resources and systems to improve durable implementation fidelity (Sugai and Simonsen, 2012). TeachTown Social Skills comprehensive curriculum and assessment utilizes evidence based practices to teach socially valid behaviors and can be integrated into a PBIS framework easily. The assessment tool aligns to the curriculum and allows for data tracking and progress monitoring. TeachTown Social Skills can increase appropriate behaviors creating a safe and secure school environment.
Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) require proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Research in the area of PBIS highlights the emphasis on teaching social skills and social behaviors in the same way we teach academics. It is also essential to align intervention to the function of the behavior.
PBIS 3 Tier Approach and TeachTown Social Skills
An instructional perspective is emphasized (Colvin, Sugai, & Patching, 1993: Kame’enui & Darch, 2004; Kerr & Nelson, 2003; Sugai, 1992) in which social skills are taught in the same way as academic skills, and the reduction of problem behaviors is address by teaching functional replacement behaviors.
School- & classroom-wide: Instruction is focused on defining, teaching, and encouraging expectations for all settings, students and staff.
- The TeachTown Social Skills curriculum allows school districts to be preventative using evidence-based practices.
- Teachers can target specific social behaviors as a thematic unit teaching a lesson target every week or two weeks, showing the animated video model. This can be done in the cafeteria to the entire school or in the classroom as whole group instruction.
For students who are at-risk of failure: “Core” skills are taught, often within pre-defined curricula, more frequently and directly in a small group.
- The TeachTown Social Skills curriculum allows staff to provide small group instruction using a structured curriculum, with clearly defined goals.
- Instruction can be done in small group or individually
- Instruction can be provided by a guidance counselor, school social worker, general or special education teachers and/or para educators.
For students who are high risk for failure: Individualized, specific social skills are taught & reinforced based on functional behavioral assessments.
- TeachTown Social Skills can provide teachers a structured approach to teacher replacement behaviors that have been identified through the functional behavioral assessment process.
- Data collection can be done using the Social Skills Assessment tool to allow for progress monitoring. The assessment tool can be used in all three tiers to provide graphs and reports to use for ongoing monitoring.