Positive Behaviour Supports for Children with Disabilities

PBSC_family_croppedPositive Behaviour Supports for Children is a series of three, related e-learning websites developed in 2012 by Canada’s Alberta Government and Mount Royal University for use by families, aides and school staff that offer practical, evidence-based strategies for supporting children with disabilities and their families.

The Family Portal was written by parents for parents and includes strategies related to:
Promoting adaptive behaviour, learning and development;
Minimizing and managing challenging behaviours;
Working effectively with service teams both at home and at school;
Planning for common life transitions; and
Maintaining and improving the well-being of the entire family.

The portal features explicit learning outcomes, interactive exercises and quizzes, and comprehensive literature references and links to resources. Each unit of the seven Modules has it’s own pdf manual that can be downloaded or printed, and there’s also a complete 356-page colour PDF version of the entire content of the Family Portal .

The Home/Family Aide Portal  has 5 modules in a similar format. I experienced some some server location glitches when using this Portal, and some of the unit manuals still have authoring comments showing. The School Staff Portal has 7 modules with an emphasis on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

I’d expect the Family Portal to be the most popular of the three websites. It provides easily accessible information to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, and others. This is not a website to work through in a single session, which might take a month! Instead, it is designed to be a resource you can turn to whether you have just ten minutes at a time or several hours. It is also designed to be flexible – you can skip the theory behind some of the strategies if you are already familiar with it, or you can read more about it to increase your understanding.

Link to PBSC websites: www.pbsc.info

The PBSC websites require Flash Player and are not compatible with mobile phones. The websites are Copyright 2012 with All Rights Reserved but permission granted to reproduce for personal and educational use only.

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