Maryland Positive Behavior Support Training
Deciding on Key Interventions Together
After the brainstorming session was complete, Andy and his team reviewed each of the ideas the team came up with and put a star next to each idea that they decided to include in Andy’s PBS plan.
The team agreed that no matter what happened, if Andy presented the card indicating an ”invitation to talk and spend time,” that each person would honor his request right away.
Andy also agreed that once this communication was working really well, that people could respond to the invitation card by asking him to wait for a short period of time. Together Andy and the person he wanted to talk to would set a timer on their phone so that Andy could hear when the timer went off signaling his wait time was over. At first, the time Andy needed to wait was very short but over time, Andy learned to wait for longer periods so that other people could finish what they were doing before talking to him.
The team talked about how important it was that they change how they were responding (the consequences following behavior) so that Andy’s invitation was more effective and efficient than the challenging behavior he was using in the past. Andy and the team agreed to a plan that involved ignoring the challenging behavior with the understanding that they are not ignoring Andy, just the challenging behaviors. Instead, the team will wait until the challenging behavior is not occurring and then prompt him to use his invitation card to request time to talk or spend time together.
Take some time now to read other strategies that Andy and the team included in the plan from the visual on this page.
Adapted from Freeman, R., Matthews, K., Griggs, P., & Quick, S. (2013). Functional behavioral assessment. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Schiefelbusch Institute for Lifespan Studies.