Consultation in Early Childhood: PBIS and SEL Screening and Support

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify links between the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and Massachusetts Early Childhood State Competencies, used to inform social, emotional, and behavioral supports for students in early childhood.
  2. understand foundational literature related to positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and social–emotional learning (SEL) in early childhood.
  3. gain an understanding of the use of social–emotional and behavioral screening to determine Tier 1 supports for students in early childhood.
  4. explore useful methods of school-based consultation in solidifying Tier 1 supports for social, emotional, and behavioral development in early childhood.


This presentation features a consultative model for early childhood screening and PBIS/SEL integration through solidified Tier 1 supports, relevant for practitioners and researchers. An introduction exploring foundational PBIS, SEL, and consultation literature will be included, in addition to information regarding early childhood screening measures and Massachusetts SEL standards. The consultative process will be documented through the problem-solving model, detailing collaborative and system-based action steps taken for screening, data analysis, Tier 1 supports, and evaluation.



Caitlin L. Bourgaize-Saunderson, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sarah A. Fefer, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Sara A. Whitcomb


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