Positive Behavior Supports and Inclusion in the Classroom: Undivided Live with Dr. Caitlin Solone

Event Recap
Jan. 24, 2022Updated Jul. 8, 2022

Many of us are familiar with school-wide positive behavioral programs that focus on values such as respect, kindness, and hard work and reward students when their behavior reflects those values. But how do these programs include children with disabilities, particularly those with extensive behavior and/or support needs in general education environments? When can school-wide interventions be modified?

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, Dr. Caitlin Solone talked about how positive behavior supports can and should look in every classroom.

Check out the clips for highlights or watch the full recording below!

As Dr. Solone explains, behavior is all about communication. Students are communicating whether their needs are being met. Positive behavioral intervention and support (PBIS) programs can lay down school rules about what types of communication are appropriate. Listen to her explanation in this clip about how we can better understand our kids' behavior and how their environment plays a role in supporting them.
Picture an average classroom: Are all the students sitting quietly, hands folded on their desks, paying attention to the teacher? Probably not! Students of all abilities learn in a variety of ways, and many teachers are doing more to incorporate different learning styles in their classrooms and make them more inclusive. In the clip below, Dr. Solone gives some examples of what this looks like in her own classroom.
Dr. Solone says that most kids get used to other students' vocalizations during class and don't make a big deal of it. However, in cases where students who stim or vocalize are making it difficult for their peers to focus, there are some interventions that can be helpful in redirecting the behavior. Listen to the clip below for examples and ideas:
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