ERIC Number: EJ1160445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Coaching Paraprofessionals to Promote Engagement and Social Interactions during Small Group Activities
Ledford, Jennifer R.; Zimmerman, Kathleen N.; Chazin, Kate T.; Patel, Natasha M.; Morales, Vivian A.; Bennett, Brittany P.
Journal of Behavioral Education, v26 n4 p410-432 Dec 2017
Paraprofessionals need adequate training and supports to assist young children with autism spectrum disorders to engage in appropriate social interactions during small group activities with their peers. In this study, we used in situ coaching and brief post-session feedback to improve the use of environmental arrangement, prompting, and praise by three paraprofessionals working in inclusive classrooms. Results suggested the brief coaching intervention was effective for improving target behaviors. In addition, generalized use of behaviors and child outcomes were positive. In situ feedback is a promising practice for improving use of evidence-based practices by non-certified personnel in early childhood settings.
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Young Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interaction, Interpersonal Competence, Feedback (Response), Coaching (Performance), Classroom Environment, Prompting, Positive Reinforcement, Inclusion, Student Behavior, Early Childhood Education, Small Group Instruction, Evidence Based Practice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324B130029