This course will provide students with knowledge and skills for supporting students with challenging behaviors, using the framework of positive behavioral supports. Students will gain a working knowledge of the basic assumptions about the context and function of behavior and understand the role that behavior plays in helping students influence people and the events in their environment, meet their basic needs, and avoid unpleasant situations. By developing strategies to determine the functions of certain behaviors, students will gain new and effective strategies for supporting students who demonstrate challenging behaviors in the classroom. The focus on the teaching of new skills (as opposed to intrusive interventions that rely on the elimination of challenging behaviors) will provide students with effective positive approaches that respect the dignity of the individual and facilitate social inclusion. This includes field study. (Co-requisite: EDU101W or POI)