A Handbook for Developing Behavior Interventions

Date of Award

Summer 8-5-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Marci Glessner



Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSP) consist of an outline of interventions, preventive measures, teachable behaviors, and reinforcers to help a student with Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD). Emotional Behavior Disorder is defined by IDEA as a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child’s educational performance: an inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors; an inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers; inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems. This paper describes the assessment of student behavior using a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). A Functional Behavior Assessment will describe why a student engages in a certain behavior and is a critical component in creating a Positive Behavior Support Plan. A description of this process of creating to implementation and follow-through of a PBSP is also described. Finally, ten evidence-based behavior interventions that can be included in Positive Behavior Support Plans are highlighted.

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