A blueprint for schoolwide positive behavior support: Implementation of three components

Ann Turnbull, Hank Edmonson, Peter Griggs, Donna Wickham, Wayne Sailor, Rachel Freeman, Doug Guess, Steve Lassen, Amy McCart, Jiyeon Park, Laura Riffel, Rud Turnbull, Jared Warren

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This article provides a case study (focus on an eighth-grader with autism) within a case study (focus on an urban middle school) in terms of the implementation of positive behavior support (PBS). Information is provided on the characteristics of three key components of schoolwide PBS-universal support, group support, and individual support. For each component, information is presented on policy, assessment, and intervention in terms of an evolving approach to schoolwide PBS with descriptions of how the components were implemented at the middle school with a particular emphasis on the eighth-grade student. The authors conclude with implications for practice in terms of assessing current resources, providing professional development, and intensifying universal support within urban schools to address some of the complex issues associated with poverty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-402
Number of pages26
JournalExceptional Children
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


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