This study represents a unique collaboration between the State of Utah's Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) and Brigham Young University's Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education (CPSE) and the Family Studies Center. Families with children with disabilities and problem behaviors may spend 5 to 10 years on the Utah DSPD Family Support waiting list before receiving support services. Families with children with disabilities and problem behavior experience difficult challenges with limited amounts of resources. CPSE graduate students offered behavioral education to 17 families on the DSPD waiting list in the family's homes for 10 weeks. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) provided the framework for the behavioral education. PBS takes a positive view of children with disabilities, including those with problem behavior, as they live with their families. Graduate students taught parents to use functional behavior assessment in developing a behavior support plan for their child with disabilities and problem behavior. Parents implemented the behavior plan, and taught their child appropriate alternative behaviors. Using pre- and post-assessments, significant gains were seen in lowering the severity of the children's inattentive, withdrawn, and uncooperative problem behaviors.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Peery, Karolyn King, "Matthew's Gift: Teaching Parents of Children With Disabilities To Deal Effectively With Their Child's Problem Behavior" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 282.
Positive Behavior Support, disability, parent training