No More Time Outs: The Need for Positive Behavior Support in Early Learning

Professor Gail Joseph, center, speaks with participants during a UW-hosted institute on “Equity Focused Positive Behavior Support.”

Professor Gail Joseph, center, speaks with participants during a UW-hosted institute on “Equity Focused Positive Behavior Support.”

For providers and educators, challenging behavior in children isn’t just a reality, it’s an inevitability. In August, the University of Washington’s Cultivate Learning and Haring Center for Inclusive Education joined local early intervention program Kindering in addressing the issue by gathering early learning providers for an institute on “Equity Focused Positive Behavior Support.”

The institute, the first dedicated to the topic in Washington state, provided Early Achievers participants with professional development opportunities focused on fostering young children’s social-emotional development and addressing problem behavior.

Contrary to popular belief, challenging behaviors are not simply the result of a child’s personality. A child’s social and emotional development is also heavily influenced by a variety of factors including home and community safety, family income, housing stability, and disability.

Backed by a large and growing research base, Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a multi-tiered system of practices and tools to proactively teach critical social skills and to understand and address challenging behaviors in children. [Read More...]