PYI 550: Positive Behavioral Support in ASD


81579 (for web registration)




Cathy Apfel






Spring 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Sat 1/21 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Sat 2/11 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Sat 3/3 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Sat 3/24 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Sat 4/14 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Sun 5/6 (9:00AM-4:59PM)


Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Restricted to ASD Certificate students; others by written permission of the Program Director provided to the Registrar’s Office via Antioch email.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of first semester ASD certificate coursework or with written permission of the Program Director provided to the Registrar’s Office via Antioch email.

This course will explore the perspectives, values, and components that define Positive Behavior Support including the comprehensive set of procedures that enhance a student’s access to typical learning opportunities and meaningful social interactions. Drawing from a broad range of current research in this field, participants will explore multiple interventions and support strategies utilizing a case-study approach that incorporates an understanding of the effect of context, sensory needs, communication challenges, and learning styles on a child’s behavior. Case studies that are discussed will be generated by both the instructor as well as by course participants and will be representative of children and youth across the spectrum. A portion of this class will be devoted to supervision of students’ final projects demonstrating cumulative knowledge gained from the ASD program. Topics to be covered will include: PBS: Something old, Something new, Something borrowed-a marriage of history and current research; The Link Between Behavior and Context: Using Functional Behavior Assessment to better understand the circumstances that influence and maintain problem behavior; The Impact of Sensory, Social, and Communication Challenges on Learning and Participation; Modifying Environments, Adapting Instruction, and Teaching New Skills: Building Positive Behavior Support Plans that Work; Using a Team Model that Build’s the Capacity to Provide Positive Behavior Support in Schools. Prereading will be assigned.