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ERIC Number: EJ894098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1074-2956
Improving Mathematics Problem Solving Skills for Students with Challenging Behavior
Alter, Peter J.; Wyrick, Amanda; Brown, E. Todd; Lingo, Amy
Beyond Behavior, v17 n3 p2-7 Spr 2008
Research indicates that there is a reciprocal relationship between challenging behavior and poor academic performance and that this relationship will have a lifelong negative impact on individuals caught in this detrimental cycle. New interventions continue to be reported in the literature describing more effective ways to implement academic strategies to meet the needs of students with or at risk for an emotional and behavioral disorder (EBD). Unfortunately, much more of this attention has been focused on reading interventions rather than mathematics. There is a dearth of research related to improving mathematics skills for students with challenging behaviors. Obstacles to teaching word problem solving skills include reading ability, computational skills, and applying higher level reasoning. Beyond problem-solving skill deficits are performance deficits, where students may be unwilling to solve mathematical problems. This article presents a case example which illustrates how to improve the mathematics problem solving of a student with challenging behaviors using chaining and a token economy to teach a specific academic skill. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 612-276-0140; Fax: 612-276-0142; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A