PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Students do better with behavior and academics when schools partner with their families.

PBIS at home

Implementing PBIS at your home can help students maintain and understand behavioral expectations. Appropriate behaviors at both home and school transfer back and forth. Focusing on positive reinforcement will encourage your child to reach for more positives through proper behavior.

To truly change a behavior, appropriate behavior must be:

• Taught

• Modeled

• Practiced

• Acknowledged


Helpful tips for parents to begin implementing PBIS in your home:

1. Use positive language - Instead of “no yelling in the house”, try “use an inside voice”. Instead of saying “no throwing the football in  the house”, try “playing outside is the place for football”.

2. Step into the role of a teacher - provide reasoning when you say no and be specific. Saying “because I said so” isn’t enough.

3. Acknowledge appropriate behavior - what motivates your child? Try to have a healthy mixture of “things” vs. activities

How do I implement a PBIS plan in my home?


1.  Decide on expectations - different houses have different expectations. How are these expectations going to benefit us as a family?


      • Set 3-5 clear expectations (consider adopting some of Bacon’s BARK expectations). It is helpful to create a table showing  your family expectations


      à Bacon’s BARK expectations:

          ¨ Be Responsible

          ¨ Always show integrity

          ¨ Respect

          ¨ Keep safe


        • How does this look in different settings? Discuss this with your child. What does it NOT look like?  Share examples of not following the behavior expectations.


2.  Share out the expectations with all family members. Model, discuss, and/or role play each expected behavior. Make sure to explain what the outcome will be for following expectations. Discuss the consequences for not following the expectations.


 3.  Positive reinforcement is HUGE! It is essential that you consistently reinforce positive choices. These could take the form of:  progress  toward an individual/family goal, a menu of rewards that children can “buy” with their points, verbal praise, an hour doing what your child wants to do, a special family outing, and many more. The options are endless!


4.  How to handle consequences

      • Stay calm

      • Remind and review the expectations

            This is your chance to reteach, model, or explain the desired expectation

      • Give an appropriate consequence Changing behavior takes time. Be patient and stay positive.

          The end results are  well worth your time!

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