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Hume, Amanda - Abstract

School-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) is an approach to prevent behavior disorders by teaching expectations, changing environments to increase successful interaction, and providing a continuum of support for those who need additional behavior support.  Our research involves identifying factors that promote sustainability of SWPBS.  Through this research we hope to increase the effectiveness and use of SWPBS to help students achieve positive outcomes.

This research promotes DHRN goals of making disability research a priority, minimizing further impairment, and taking a preventative approach to care.  SWPBS provides preventative support to students with various needs and encourages a positive environment.  It minimizes the amount of students who require more intensive support, while simultaneously providing additional services to those who need it.  Training school-based personnel in effective ways to sustain SWPBS programs helps increase their awareness of students with various needs and will enable professionals to provide all students with effective support.

International Award Winners: Chen, S., Faradaji, F., Gaudet, A., Hewapathirane, S., Inskip, J., Mikhail, D., Mills, P., Ramer, L., Simonette, G., Yiu, J.., Zwicker, J.
National Award Winners: Beirnes, K., Bundon, A., Lige, S., Schiarti, V.