PBS Tips

From the Center for Evidence-Based Practice, we will be bringing you Positive Behavior Support tips from time to time. These are simple strategies you can use at home or in school to help keep the positive behavior expectations alive and well for our child or children.

This month, we focus using neutral time. Neutral time cannot be round in the middle of a difficult situation. It is a time when emotions are calm and everyone is able to talk, think, and listen. Neutral time can occur either before or after a child’s unacceptable behavior occurs. You can use it as a preventative measure (for example, discussing your expectations for bedtime in a positive way), or you can talk about something inappropriate that happened and discuss positive ways to handle the problems in the future. Making use of these neutral times will provide you opportunities to help reconnect after negative events and to proactively approach upcoming events.