Maryland Positive Behavior Support Training

Brainstorming Interventions

Andy and his team used the brainstorming form on this page to think about how they could make positive changes.

Andy’s favorite staff person agreed to be the facilitator for the meeting with him. He invited his case manager who helped the team by writing down all of the ideas in each of the columns as they were shared. The team set aside 20 minutes to come up with all the ideas that they could think of for each column below (setting events, antecdents, teaching new skills, and consequences).

Andy agreed that any time he wanted to talk to or spend time with someone he would invite them and hand the person a card that signaled he wanted to talk. This was included on the brainstorming form as the replacement behavior.

The goal of a positive behavior support plan is to help a person like Andy communicate. In this situation, Andy needs a way to signal that he wants to talk to other people. The team agreed that they would change how they responded to Andy, and that each person would honor his requests for attention using the card as a signal.

A Brainstorming Form for Andy that is in the form of a flowchart. It starts with: Setting Event. With in that catagory listed are: unstrucutred routine or settings and a lot of time spent alone. The second box in the flow chart is for Antecedents. Alone is listed. Third area of the flow chart is: Desired behavior: Wait for interaction. Challenging behavior: Loud interruptions and throwing items. Replacement behavior: Invite to talk and spend time. The four column is desired outcome: positive verbal reinforcment. Maintaining consequesnce: seek social interactions. Under this flow chart is a form that can be completed that has 4  columns: Setting Event Interventions, Antecedent Interventions, Teaching new skills, and Consequences Interventions

Adapted from Freeman, R., Matthews, K., Griggs, P., & Quick, S. (2013). Functional behavioral assessment. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Schiefelbusch Institute for Lifespan Studies. 


Before moving to the next page, write down ideas you think would help Andy in each of the different areas of the hypothesis statement including:

  • Setting event interventions
  • Antecedent interventions
  • How to teach the new communication skill using a card
  • Consequence interventions