Prevention Plus Program
Initiative Description: At the time of the study, the school was participating in Prevention Plus, a program emphasizing a comprehensive approach for preventing or reducing anti-social behavior of at-risk youth. Participants were enrolled in 7-8th grade general education classes. Each class period last 45 minutes, however, the intervention took place in the Prevention Plus classroom which was staffed by a licensed special education teacher and an instructional assistant. The instructional format combined direct and corrective teaching, instruction-specific praise, and behavioral directives with the use of modeling, role-playing, and performance feedback. Participants received program instruction for 1 period each day. Self management strategies were implement in general education classes; students did not receive Prevention Plus instruction in this setting. Students were observed for 40 minutes per class during 3-4 classes/day, such that they were observed in up to 6 general education classes at least 2 times/week.
Study Results: Self-monitoring and the student/teach matching intervention led to increases in targeted appropriate social skills and decreases in off-task behavior for all 5 students across all class periods.
Reference: Peterson, L. D., Young, K. R., Salzberg, C. L., West, R. P., & Hill, M. (2006). Using Self-Management Procedures to Improve Classroom Social Skills in Multiple General Education Settings. Education and Treatment of Children,29(1), 1-21.
Level of Evidence: Good