Opportunities for choice are often taken for granted among individuals without disabilities. Choice is an important dimension of quality of life and a frequent occurrence for many. Many people with disabilities have limited access to making even simple choices. In addition, many individuals with disabilities display problem behaviors that can decrease achievement and put them at risk for exclusion from typical school placements. Choice making is an effective intervention that can help reduce problem behaviors while allowing increased access to choice opportunities. Choice based interventions are person centered and allow an element of self-determination for individuals with disabilities. The concurrent operant paradigm offers a methodology that enhances choice making opportunities. The purpose of this paper was to implement a systematic choice-based intervention based on the concurrent operant paradigm in the classroom with 4 students referred for behavioral difficulties and at-risk for further exclusion from general education. Keywords: choice, concurrent operant assessment, behavior intervention, school-based
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. August 2018. Major: Educational Psychology. Advisor: Amanda Sullivan. 1 computer file (PDF); vii, 77 pages.
The Effects and Generalization of a Choice-Based Intervention with Highly preferred Items on Student Off-Task Behavior.
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