Positive behavior support is an individualized process for improving children’s behavior in family and community life. It involves the following steps.
This is the first of a series of six articles that will guide you through this process. This article is focused on identifying goals.
As a parent, you certainly want to make things better for your children and family, but sometimes it’s difficult to figure out where to begin. You may hope to help your children achieve certain outcomes, improve family routines, and address behavior that is interfering with progress.
IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE
Sometimes it’s best to think of the end goal and work your way back from there. For example, you can ask, “What do I want for my daughter?” or “How will I know when my son has been successful?”
It is important to consider whether the goals you choose will increase quality of life for your child. You may establish goals in one or more of the following areas:
ADDRESSING VALUED ROUTINES
Routines are very important for families. Therefore, your goals for your children might be focused on improving a particular routine that is challenging. You might want to focus on getting ready in the morning, playing nicely with siblings, going out to eat as a family, completing homework, or a range of other activities.
For each routine, you need to consider what exactly success would look like. Playing nicely with siblings, for example, might mean sharing toys, taking turns, and using words instead of grabbing or hitting. Going out to eat might involve ordering from the menu, playing quietly while waiting for the food, and using utensils properly.
Related: [SPECIAL BEHAVIOR ISSUE]
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