Course: SPED 402. Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (3)
This course is designed to provide education specialist candidates with the skills and knowledge needed to promote and reinforce prosocial skills using positive behavior support strategies. The 3-tiered model (primary, secondary and tertiary supports) to positive behavior support will serve as the organizing framework for this course. The first part of the course will focus on ways to promote positive and cooperative behaviors by using a variety of schoolwide and classroom management strategies, including teaching and reinforcing expected behaviors, active supervision, clear communication and collaboration with team members, and planned responses to challenging behavior (primary level of supports). The remainder of the course will focus on providing more intensive supports for students with more pervasive/complex behavioral and social needs (secondary and tertiary level of supports). Relevant federal and state legislation and ethical considerations will be discussed.