ERIC Number: EJ1038127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Breaks Are Better: A Tier II Social Behavior Intervention
Boyd, R. Justin; Anderson, Cynthia M.
Journal of Behavioral Education, v22 n4 p348-365 Dec 2013
Multi-tiered systems of social behavioral support in schools provide varying levels of intervention matched to student need. Tier I (primary or universal) systems are for all students and are designed to promote pro-social behavior. Tier III (tertiary or intensive) supports are for students who engage in serious challenging behavior that has not responded to other efforts. In between Tier I and Tier III are Tier II (secondary or targeted interventions), for students at risk for developing more serious problematic behavior. The purpose of this study was to evaluate Breaks are Better, a Tier II intervention designed for students who engage in problem behavior maintained by avoidance of instructional activities. Breaks are Better builds on an evidence-based Tier II intervention, Check-in/Check-out, but includes key components to enhance its effectiveness for students who avoid instruction. Working with three typically developing elementary school students, we documented changes in problem behavior during academic instruction following the implementation of Breaks are Better. Further, students and teachers rated the intervention as both feasible and valuable.
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Social Behavior, Intervention, At Risk Students, Behavior Problems, Program Effectiveness, Elementary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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