In this Goal 2 IES Development project we are developing materials and procedures to implement a comprehensive social competence intervention in Head Start classrooms that is based on Positive Behavior Support (PBS). The three intervention components provide increasing child support:
- Component 1: Universal PBS strategies are implemented classroom wide (e.g., classroom rules, room arrangement, transition procedures).
- Component 2: Social Pragmatic Storybook Intervention teaches social skills to all children using storybooks, theme toys, and teacher instruction during play, supporting children with greater needs.
- Component 3: Individualized PBS strategies address select children for whom the first two components have not been successful and include functional behavioral assessment and teaching replacement behaviors.
Across five Head Start programs, the intervention was applied to five classroom teams during year 2 and to 10 classroom teams during year 3. Dependent measures include child and teacher data, classroom assessments, social validity, and fidelity of implementation.
US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences
Start/End Dates: 2008-2011
Snell, M. E., Berlin, R. A., Voorhees, M. D., Stanton-Chapman, T. L., Hadden, S. (in press). A survey of preschool staff concerning problem behavior and its prevention in Head Start classrooms. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Stanton-Chapman, T. L., & Hadden, D. S. (2011). Encouraging peer interactions in preschool classrooms: The role of the teacher. Young Exceptional Children, 14(2), 17-28
Snell, M.E., Voorhees, M.D., Berlin, R.A., Stanton-Chapman, T.C., Hadden, D.S., & McCarty, J.E. (in press). Use of interview and observation to clarify reported practices of Head Start staff concerning problem behavior: Implications for programs and training. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Snell, M.E., Stanton-Chapman, T.L., Voorhees, M.D, Berlin, R., & Hadden, S. (2010, June). Integrating Head Start staff beliefs and practices with in-service training on evidence-based practices. A poster presented at the IES Research Conference, National Harbor, MD.
Snell, M.E., Stanton-Chapman, T., Hadden, S., Berlin, R., & Voorhees, M. (2010, March). Getting from beliefs about discipline to effective PBS interventions in Head Start classrooms. Invited presentation at the Association for Positive Behavior Support annual meeting, St. Louis, MO.
Stanton-Chapman, T. L., Snell, M.E., & Doswell, L. C. (2010, February). Preschool teachers’ beliefs about social skills instruction in Head Start classrooms. A poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, CA.
Sweeney, B.D., McCarty, J., Voorhees, M.D., Hadden, S.D., Berlin, R., Snell, M.E., & Stanton-Chapman, S.L. (2010, June). Examining Head Start staff practices and beliefs about addressing challenging behavior to inform development of a social competence intervention. A poster presented at the annual Head Start Conference, Washington D.C.