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T13: Help and Hope: Combining PBIS and Optimism Training for Parents of Young Children with Challenging Behavior

Content Level:
Age Group:
3 to 5 years

This session will describe The Positive Family Intervention Project, a study funded through a 5-year Research and Innovation grant with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The study was designed to assess if a cognitive-behavioral intervention (optimism training) could improve parents’ ability to implement PBS strategies in an attempt to reduce the challenging behavior of young children within daily home and community routines. The features and processes associated with the optimism training component, as well as training in how to complete the PBS process to determine strategies associated with behavior function will be demonstrated through session activities and materials provided. The presenters will also share the training and coaching protocols and how fidelity was established and maintained for all parent training sessions across coaches and two sites nationally. Finally, video examples of each part of the training process will be shared and a full case study described to promote discussion on coaching, use of materials and parent collaboration. This session will provide opportunities for interactions, questions and feedback regarding the training and coaching involved for families, as well practice with protocols materials and activities which attendees will complete related to the steps of the optimism and PBS training.