ERIC Number: EJ718382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
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Improving Discrete Trial Instruction by Paraprofessional Staff Through an Abbreviated Performance Feedback Intervention
Leblanc, Marie-Pierre; Ricciardi, Joseph N.; Luiselli, James K.
Education and Treatment of Children, v28 n1 p76-82 Feb 2005
We evaluated an abbreviated performance feedback intervention as a training strategy to improve discrete trial instruction of children with autism by three paraprofessional staff (assistant teachers) at a specialized day school. Feedback focused on 10 discrete trial instructional skills demonstrated by the staff during teaching sessions. Following sessions, staff received verbal praise from a trainer for skills displayed correctly, and clarification/redirection was given contingent on incorrect performance. As demonstrated in a multiple baseline design, staff rapidly acquired the discrete trial instructional skills with intervention. Improved instruction was maintained up to 11 weeks post-training, and procedures were judged highly acceptable by staff. The benefits of performance feedback, and issues related to staff training, are discussed.
Descriptors: Intervention, Feedback, Day Schools, Autism, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Training Methods, Staff Development, Instructional Improvement
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