Early Childhood Positive Behavior Intervention Supports

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The Early Childhood Positive Behavior Interventions and Support series consists of four, two hour modules, on social and emotional supports in all childcare settings. The modules are based on the Pyramid Model, which follows the public health design of prevention, promotion, and intervention. To receives eight hours of STARS credit, all modules must be completed.

Module 1

1.10 b. Responds to children’s needs and interests as they play 

4.3 f. Models positive social interactions, such as friendship skills, empathy, and respect 

6.2 b. Develops appropriate and positive relationships by engaging and responding to children, families, professionals, and community

Module 2

1.3d. Creates an environment and daily schedule that encourages trust and social interaction with other children and adults

1.3e. Helps children cope with separation and transition 

1.4h. Analyzes and adjusts expectations and activities based on the child’s ongoing needs and energy levels 

4.2b. Designs schedules that are predictable but flexible  

Module 3

1.3e. Helps children cope with separation and transition

4.2c. Establishes clear, consistent, and realistic boundaries based on developmentally appropriate expectations 

4.2i. Keeps transitions to a minimum and makes them short, meaningful, and consistent using clear visual and auditory signals to support children

Module 4

1.4e. Creates an environment and provides strategies that help children: z Manage strong emotions and calm themselves z Focus their attention to remain actively engaged with activities and materials z Read the signals of the environment to learn how to respond appropriately z Cope with fear, anger, and frustration z Use language to share their needs z Consider the needs of others z Use problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies

1.4g. Recognizes that a child’s ability to exercise self-regulation and control over his/her body functions, emotions, and behavior emerges over time as a developmental process

Module 5

1.2e. Works with families and related professionals to create goals for individual children and for groups of children 

1.2l. Finds the professional support children need to be successful, including educational and community supports and resources 

1.2m. Works with other community agencies and services to help children meet developmental learning goals 

1.2n. Contributes to writing, reviewing, and/ or implementing Individual Family Service Plan/ Individual Education Program, when appropriate 

1.2o. Implements individualized interventions, modifications, and accommodations to help children meet developmental and learning goals, as needed 

1.2p. Evaluates the effectiveness of interventions, modifications, and accommodations to help children meet developmental and learning goals

Additional Information

Module 1

  • Building Relationships 
  • Challenging Behaviors

Module 2: High Quality Supportive Environment

  • Engagement for Every Child
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Making Accommodations, Providing Support

Module 3

  • Expectations
  • Transitions 
  • Cues

Module 4

  • Social Emotional Development
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Friendship Skills
  • Social Stories

Module 5

  • Talking to Families
  • Additional Resources or Referrals
  • Intensive Interventions
This training is owned by the West Virginia Division of Early Care and Education and presented by regional Resource & Referral Agency Professional Development Providers. This training may be restricted by region. Please contact the course instructor or your local Resource & Referral office if you have any questions.
Course Hours

Scheduled Event(s) for this Course
Module 1
1. Pyramid Concept
2. Building Relationships
3. Responsive Caregiving
Module 2
1. Room Arrangement
2. Routines
3. Schedules and Visual Supports
Module 3
1. Behavior Expectations
2. Transitions
3. Behavior Cues
Module 4
1. Targeted Socials, Emotional Supports
2. Intensive Interventions
3. Collaboration

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