ERIC Number: ED105693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Behavior Modification in Three Settings. Monograph No. 2.
Sigelman, Carol K., Ed.
Three conference papers describe the implementation behavior modification principles with severely handicapped (severely and profoundly retarded) institutionalized children, predelinquent adolescents in a group home, and educable retarded students in a special education secondary program. Discussed in the first paper on a behavioral approach to teaching social skills to the severely handicapped are such basic concepts as behavior measurement, contingent reinforcement and shaping techniques. A token economy is the model presented in the second paper dealing with predelinquent boys. Described are program elements including the community relationship, family-style environment, family therapy, and teacher-parent training, along with the motivation system's three major components (point system, social reinforcement system and self-government system). The use of a token economy with educable students in a cooperative special education and vocational rehabilitation program is considered in the final paper. Reviewed are program objectives, the "open" token economy system, the use of sequenced job instructions, as well as the academic program (for junior and senior high levels) and the work activities program (including print laboratory tasks and activities in daily living). (CL)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Community Programs, Cooperative Programs, Daily Living Skills, Emotional Disturbances, Exceptional Child Education, Group Experience, Handicapped Children, Interpersonal Competence, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Operant Conditioning, Severe Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock. Research and Training Center in Mental Retardation.