ERIC Number: ED064838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Effecting Behavioral Modification in the Mentally Handicapped Student: Operant Conditioning and the Teacher's Role.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. for Handicapped Children.; Onondaga-Madison Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Syracuse, NY.
Presented are nine short papers concerning teacher role in effecting behavioral modification in the mentally handicapped student. The paper on functional analysis of behavior discusses use of reinforcers, changing reinforcer strength, reinforcement schedules, and discriminative stimuli. A continuation paper on functional analysis of behavior explains a method of determining behavior contingencies by recording antecedent events occurring prior to behavior, behavior itself, and consequences following behavior. Developing self help skills is covered in terms of techniques to increase self feeding skills, techniques to weaken undesirable feeding behaviors and to teach appropriate toilet skills. The short discussion of behavior modification with an autistic child concludes that careful structuring of the child's environment can influence the child's behavior. A method of teaching imitation to severely handicapped and retarded children is then presented. The paper on technology of education examines use of consequences in the classroom. Three concluding short papers discuss behavior problems in the classroom, administering behavioral programs, and modification of self destructive behavior, respectively. (CB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. for Handicapped Children.; Onondaga-Madison Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Syracuse, NY.
Note: Reprint from Proceedings of Special Study Institute (Syracuse, New York, April 22-24, 1971)