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2005 Positive Behavior Support Research

With funding from the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council, we have begun a research effort into how families, schools, and advocates can work together to provide behavioral supports for students with cognitive disabilities who have behaviors that challenge those who live and go to school with them.

The project is employing a unique process of plan development and implementation called solution-focused behavioral support. This process focuses less on the behavior problems that are of concern to people and more on what success should look like and how it can be achieved. The project will continue until May of 2006.

We are presently working with three Colorado families who, together with the members of their school team, are interested in working with our team in developing and implementing for their school-aged child a behavior intervention plan. Participants in the project are receiving training in positive behavior support, assistance in developing a behavior plan, and follow-along consultations and assistance over the next year. Families included in this project reside in Colorado, and each family has a child with a cognitive disability and behavior problems that occur at home and at school. For more information on the progress of this project, contact Dr. Lewis Jackson at the National Center.

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