PBIS for Families

While PBIS is often thought of as only for schools, it's roots are in families. With PBIS now extending to schools and agencies, it can provide for a child:
  • Positive approaches in all environments
  • improved quality of life for children and families
  • Wrap-around approaches supporting children with challenging behaviors

So what a school does with PBIS can fit what a family does or needs. The reverse should be true as well - what a family does with PBIS can fit with a school.

Below are resources and information available from many national organizations providing PBIS or Pyramid Model assistance. You’ll also find tools and community resources that are available for families all across Alaska to help build positive spaces and advocate for PBIS in your school or with your community service provider.

  • Stone Soup Group's Institute of Positive Behavioral Support has provided PBIS support in Alaska for several years. This site discusses some of the services they offer to families.
  • Center for Human Development's Person-Centered Planning is one step of a PBIS process to support children and families to improve their quality of life. For more information, contact Kathy Fitzgerald at kathyf@alaskachd.org.
  • CSEFEL's Parent Modules – These module provide the foundation for establishing a positive relationship with your child by using:
    • Positive and encouraging language
    • Using play and books to talk about feelings
    • Understanding why children misbehave
    • Develop behavior plans to teach your child appropriate
  • TACSEI Family Community – This national center offers a variety of short briefs on, to name a few, helping families make the most of playtime, identifying & expressing emotions and using choice & preference.
  • PBIS’s Family Section – From PBIS.org, this section provides some ways to connect PBS from the schools with your family as well as how to implement PBS principles in your family.
  • PBS Makes a Difference: One Family’s Story – This is a video that shows the success one family experienced with PBS
  • Family Engagement Checklist – Part of PBS is to have family involved in the planning process – for a school or agency & for their child benefiting from PBS. This link has a document that shows how one school assesses parental involvement.
  • Family Involvement & Support Checklist – This is another tool that helps to measure parental involvement in a school.
  • Incorporating PBS into the IEP – This site has some practical tips to guide families through the pre-IEP and IEP process. It also offers ideas on getting PBS into your child’s IEP.

PBIS Contact

Stone Soup Group
(907) 561-3701 (Anchorage)
(877) 786-7327 (Outside of Anchorage)

UAA Center for Human Development

2702 Gambell Street
Suite 103
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 272-8270 or
(800) 243-2199
TTY: (907) 264-6206
FAX: (907) 274-4802