Combining positive behavior supports and social skill programming for transition success.

Robin Lock, Donna Brown, Janna Brendle, PikWah Lam

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This study examined the use of positive behavior supports (PBS) and a social skill intervention to increase positive responses in work settings with eight individuals with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. All eight individuals needed support to improve their behaviors in work settings and were enrolled in a university-based transition program for high school graduates. Students participating in this study took morning coursework utilizing both PBS and a social skill intervention. The students learned to identify behaviors for improvement as well as to chart their progress. Employers were trained to implement the PBS system and were aware of the social skills that the students selected to address. Students, employers, and the instructor collected data on the three student-selected behaviors. Additionally, participants were provided with techniques and supports for controlling their self-selected behaviors. Students, employers, and th
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-29
JournalVocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Journal
StatePublished - Apr 2013


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