Oh oh, say it ain’t so CEC.
The latest issues of the CEC Newsletter Today has an article about RTI for EBD (Response to Interventions for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders). One of the HUGE problems with this article is that it uses RTI as a synonym for PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports).And they are NOT synonymous!
Another problem is that the author quotes several promenent PBIS researchers, but juxtaposes these quotes with comments about using RTI to solve behavior problems for students with behavior disorders. This is not the context in which these researchers’ comments were first composed.
Finally, to add insult to injury, the article quotes the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders Position Paper on RTI to add credibility to the story. But the Position Paper clearly expresses that RTI cannot be used to diagnose a disability nor should it be used to solve behavior problems.
I don’t know if the author of this paper or the editors at CEC Today really think RTI and PBIS are one in the same or if they are simply ignorant of their mistake. Either way, this article is incorrect on many levels and does harm to both RTI and PBIS. Additionally, it may serve to delay proper behavior interventions for students with EBD who really need support for their disability.
I urge CEC to recind this article or a least publish a counter-point. I’m sure that the researchers quoted in this article never intended their PBIS advice to be misinterpreted in this manner.