ERIC Number: ED348788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Increasing the Effectiveness of In-Home Behavior Intervention.
Williams, Bruce W.
This report summarizes in-home behavioral interventions carried out with 18 individuals (ages 3 to 43) with developmental disabilities in the San Diego and North Los Angeles County Regional Centers during 1990-1991. The report focuses on client characteristics, problems that were addressed, intervention procedures used, and results. The paper describes a system of data collection and feedback developed to continuously assess clients' progress, to identify treatment and parent training problem areas, to build parents' confidence in their use of behavioral procedures and their ability to manage their child's behavior, and to serve as an integral part of a specific treatment procedure. The most frequent types of problems addressed were general noncompliance with parental requests and noncompliance with specific types of requests. Other problems included physical aggression, property destruction, and self-injurious behavior. Interventions used frequently included instruction in the use of prompts, differential reinforcement of behaviors other than the targeted behavior, activity programs, redirection, skills training, and incentives/tokens. Results indicated that all but one of the 53 targeted behaviors in the 18 clients were reduced below the initially reported rate of the behavior. Nine recommendations are offered for improving in-home interventions. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adults, Behavior Modification, Child Rearing, Children, Compliance (Psychology), Data Collection, Developmental Disabilities, Family Environment, Feedback, Intervention, Outcomes of Treatment, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parents as Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Recordkeeping
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation (116th, New Orleans, LA, May 1992).