A behavioral curriculum for preschool, handicapped children

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Miller, Michael A.
Treloar, James H.
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Use of compatible behavioral activities and management techniques were taught to teachers and aides, and implemented within two preschool handicapped classes. The effectiveness of the procedures in meeting behavioral goals was evaluated with the use of behavior analytic techniques. Traditional group research techniques were used to determine if the implemented curriculum affected the short-term attainment that students in treatment classrooms on the average made of academic and developmental goals. Findings1. Behavior observation research techniques documented dramatic increases in engaged/study behaviors during work and independent time periods and decreasing trends in problem behaviors after the behavioral curriculum was begun.2. Four independent factorial analyses of variance showed higher pretest - posttest gains on various subtests of the Learning Accomplishment Profile than control classroom students.ConclusionA compatible set of behavioral techniques and activities can be taught to teachers and aides within inservice training and instituted within preschool handicapped classes in such a way as to achieve more gains in observed student behavior and to affect school achievement positively.