School Psychology Forum

Small Group Interventions
Volume 7, Issue 2 (Summer 2013 )

Editor: Steven R. Shaw


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  • Check Your SLANT: Adapting Self-Management for Use as a Class-Wide Intervention

    Amy M. Briesch, Elizabeth Hemphill, & Brian Daniels

    pp. 29-39

    ABSTRACT: Class-wide interventions have been effectively used as a primary level of support to increase student engagement, but the management of these interventions can quickly become burdensome for busy classroom teachers. To address this problem, this study combined a class-wide self-management intervention, in which the students were responsible for monitoring their behavior, with a dependent group contingency. A multiple probe design was used across two general education seventh-grade classrooms in order to assess the effect of the intervention on classwide levels of student engagement. Results suggest a moderate to strong effect of the intervention for increasing student engagement. Practical implications of the study are discussed and further resources are presented to assist school-based practitioners in the development and implementation of both self-management and group contingency interventions in the schools.

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  • A Small-Group Reading Comprehension Intervention for Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Students

    Sarah E. Scholin, Katherine M. Haegele, & Matthew K. Burns

    pp. 40-49

    ABSTRACT: Most reading interventions within a response-to-intervention model focus on remediating code-based deficits. This article describes a small-group comprehension intervention that was implemented with three fourth- and fifth-grade students who demonstrated difficulties with reading comprehension but acceptable reading fluency. The intervention involved teaching the students specific strategies including prediction, summarization, activation of prior knowledge, question generation, and clarification. Students were also taught strategies to understand inferential comprehension questions. The format, procedures, and evaluation of the intervention are described in detail. Evaluation data suggested that the intervention was successful.

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