ERIC Number: ED318963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
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Focusing on Appropriate Interventions for At-Risk Children with Professional Staff after the Multidisciplinary Team Process.
Jackson, Thomas C.
This practicum was designed to provide a systematic follow-up procedure to assure appropriate intervention and education to children considered to be at risk of failure in school after the multidisciplinary or student assistance team evaluation process in an elementary school. The second aim was to heighten the awareness of teachers and pupil personnel socialization process, and the importance of relationships. Multidisciplinary team and student assistance team decisions were reviewed. The need to introduce a follow-up procedure to provide intervention strategies to children who continued to be at risk of failure after multidisciplinary or student assistance team meeting was determined. A group decision-making process was used to prioritize interventions the group felt were needed based upon their understanding of the child's academic and social behavior and their hunches about the needs that still existed. In conjunction with this, the professional staff was provided with periodic bulletins which focused upon children's thinking, play, psychosocial, and social development. The results of the practicum indicated that only part of one objective was met. Professional staff involved in the intervention decision-making process found it better than the multidisciplinary team process only in problem identification, and essentially the same as the multidisciplinary team process as a decision-making process and in the quality of the interventions. The interventions attempted, the satisfaction toward goal attainment, and the quality of the interventions provided were within the range indicating satisfactory progress but not good progress. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.