ERIC Number: ED053511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
The School Adjustment Program: Individualized Intervention for Children with Behavior Disorders.
Hawkins, Robert P.
A School Adjustment Program (SAP) which began in 1966 is the focus of a paper which describes the program (now serving emotionally disturbed children from ages 5 to 15 in six classrooms) and compares it to the program used by Hewitt. The behavior modification procedures and individualized programing used in the classes are discussed. Research conducted with a 13-year old girl who showed a decline in reading performance is reported. In order to eliminate her bizarre answers to oral comprehension questions, the teacher and an aide implemented a series of different reaction patterns involving the amount of attention paid to right and wrong answers. Results showed that the longer the amount of attention paid, the more the frequency of the response increased (i.e., lots of attention paid to right answers, short attention to wrong resulted in a low proportion of errors and vice versa). A combination of long attention and praise for correct answers and short attention for incorrect ones produced the lowest percent of error. Caution in dispensing attention is suggested. (RJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kalamazoo Valley Intermediate School District, MI.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Kansas Symposium on Behavior Analysis in Education (2nd, Lawrence, Kansas, May, 1971).