Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports: A Guide for OTs

presented by Gretchen Scheibel

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Occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) often support students with behavioral challenges and are faced with the challenge of providing occupational therapy intervention within the established framework of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). This course will provide an overview of PBIS and PBIS teams, discuss how OTPs can embed the framework into their practice, and identify interventions that strengthen positive behaviors. This content will provide OTPs with an opportunity to strength their school-based practice and facilitate collaboration with educational colleagues.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Gretchen Scheibel, MS, OTR/L, BCBA

    Gretchen Scheibel, MS, OTR/L, BCBA, is a behavior consultant working in midcoast and central Maine. She specializes in designing educational programs based on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports framework and the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dually certified as a Behavior Analyst and an Occupational Therapist, she possesses a unique understanding of special education and the necessary supports to promote student success. Her practice focuses on using an evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior and improving functional performance in the education environment. Ms. Scheibel presents nationally on the topic of building interdisciplinary collaboration and demonstrating the value of occupational therapy in complex practice environments. Additionally, she provides programmatic consultation on interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based practice implementation.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports: An Overview

    1. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports: An Overview

    This chapter will provide a historical and terminological overview of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, including: levels of PBIS systems (District-wide, School-wide, Classroom-wide, and Individual Positive Behavior Supports), research base for support of PBIS, focus on evidence-based practice, and the expected outcomes of PBIS. This information will provide OTPs with a broad understanding of the PBIS framework and help them to understand the PBIS systems that are in place in their practice settings.

  2. PBIS and OT

    2. PBIS and OT

    This chapter will connect PBIS outcomes to occupation-based practice and the role of the OTP on the PBIS team, providing specific examples of opportunities for utilizing PBIS in practice and how PBIS can support demonstration of the value of occupational therapy in the school-based setting.

  3. Positive Behavior Interventions to Build School Readiness and Adaptive Skills

    3. Positive Behavior Interventions to Build School Readiness and Adaptive Skills

    This chapter will explore evidence-based interventions that can be utilized by OTPs to strengthen positive behaviors associated with school readiness and adaptive skills as Tier 3 interventions.

  4. Q&A

    4. Q&A

    This Q&A is a sit-down interview with Dottie Handley-More, a fellow occupational therapist who has experience on the PBIS team. This interview is an overview of how the PBIS team impacted her role in the school setting.