Examples of Skill-Building in Positive Supports

Using Skills Building Activities in Positive Supports

A pyramid with three tiers, all people at the bottom, some in the middle, and few at the top.

Welcome to Module 3 of the Community-Based Positive Supports Training. This module will focus on how to help ourselves and others develop skills that can positively shape everyday routines and settings. An important goal is to understand ourselves better and to build positive relationships with others in order to increase quality of life for everyone at home, while at work, and in the community. The skills we are working on help us learn more about the ways we look at and respond to other people as well as the activities and events that we encounter. Learning to listen and really understand each other helps us improve quality of life and prevent challenging behavior.

Module 3 - Learning Outcomes

  • List skills that help improve interactions, and foster wellbeing
  • Explain key features of supportive environments
  • Discuss how trauma can impact behavior and understand historical trauma and healing
  • Describe the importance of communication including ways to support it via augmentative and alternative communication
  • Outline important strategies for fostering wellness and promoting self regulation

The content in this section can be used across a three-tiered framework for positive behavior support. The skills in this section are introduced to everyone in a home, school, work, or community setting at tier 1. These strategies can be used to support a child or adult needing a little support for minor challenges at tier 2. Finally, skill-building activities are considered core elements that help us put an effective individual plan in place for someone at tier 3. You can learn more about the three-tiered model in Module 1.