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PBIS At Home

Continuing a Positive Behavior Program at the End of the School Day: A Parent and Family Guide

When you practice a Positive Behavioral Program at Home such as PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), you accomplish two things: You support what your child is learning at school, and you create better behaviors outside of school. The following is a brief guide on how to incorporate a Positive Behavior Program into your home routine.

I. Learn the Expectations (Be Ready, Take Ownership, Be Accepting, Be Respectful)
Think about what it means to be READY, take OWNERSHIP, be ACCEPTING, and be RESPECTFUL in your home. Focus on behaviors that you can SEE and your child can easily understand (for example, taking ownership might mean cleaning up after yourself, and being ready might mean going to bed at the appropriate bedtime). Include your child in this activity and make them think! Write down what you have decided on a poster for your home.

II. Use the Language in your Daily Parenting
Think about the words you use when you are trying to teach one of your expectations at home, and replace those words with the Expectations. For example, if your child is watching TV instead of setting the table for dinner, instead of saying “Why isn’t the table set yet?”, ask “Are you READY for dinner to start?”. Ask, “Why not?”-the purpose of PBIS is to get children to THINK about their behavior and to PROBLEM SOLVE. Follow up by asking “What could you do to show me that you are ready?”. PBIS language is SIMPLE, but it takes PRACTICE to use it every day. Remember to re-frame what you are asking to make it reflect what you want a child to DO, not what you DON’T want them to do…instead of “stop running” or “no hitting”, say “walk” or “hands to yourself”. Practice saying what you want to say without using the words “no”, “stop”, or “don’t” (it’s surprisingly hard!).

III. Model, Teach, and Re-Teach the Skills with Your Child
Our children learn behavioral skills from us! Demonstrate for your child what you would like to see from them. Model what positive behavior looks like, and even what it doesn’t look like! Put on “skits” or “plays” at home-don’t be afraid to look silly or to have fun! The more you practice, the more your child will learn (and respect) the Expectations!

IV. Make the Experience Rewarding and Enjoyable for Your Child

V. Communication is the MOST IMPORTANT THING!
Even if a Positive Behavior Program is not implemented in your home, you can still support what your child is doing at school in many ways:
***As always, thank you for your time and dedication to making your child’s school experience the best that it can be. Our faculty and staff are here to assist you in any way that you need to reinforce both behavioral and academic learning with your child. If you are interested in learning more about PBIS, please speak with a member of the Temple Hill PBIS Team, with your child’s teacher, or visit