ERIC Number: ED424495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Designing Interventions for Preschool Children Exhibiting Behavioral Problems.
Rubinson, Florence D.
This paper presents a model for generating school and home interventions for preschool children experiencing behavioral and social difficulties or developmental delays. Youngsters, at some point in their development, may display challenging behaviors that can be minimized, sometimes eliminated, with appropriate intervention. Current best practices suggest interventions that rely on collaborative problem solving with family members and school staff, and provide consultation to caregivers. Comprehensive assessments examine the relationship between environmental and within-child variables. Functional assessment, a main feature of the model, provides a framework for intervention design. The intervention process begins with identification of target behaviors. Acknowledgement of warning signs that predict under what circumstances the target behaviors may occur is then vital in preventing these behaviors. The most important aspect of the intervention plan is developing proactive prevention efforts. Prevention includes modification of environments, development of skills and alternative behaviors to replace target behaviors, reinforcement programs, and changes in caregiver behavior. Finally, if prevention strategies fail, intervention strategies are designed for caregiver response to the target behavior. Case material is used to present basic techniques for behavior change. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (30th, Orlando, FL, April 14-18, 1998).