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Behavior skills training of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior for three paraprofessionals working in inclusive classrooms

Smith, Jesse M. (2017) Behavior skills training of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior for three paraprofessionals working in inclusive classrooms. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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There is a growing trend of using paraprofessionals to augment the education of students with disabilities. Paraprofessionals are often the least educated and trained member in a classroom, yet can be asked to provide assistance to students with complex needs. Students with disabilities require the use of practices that are grounded in scientific research in order to be included as much as possible in the regular education curriculum. This study sought to examine the effects
of a multi-component training package, behavior skills training, on three paraprofessionals’ use of a positive behavior support strategy. A single-subject research design was used to measure the effects of the training as well as the effects of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior on students’ rates of challenging and alternative behaviors. Results indicated that behavior skills training had a positive impact on the paraprofessionals’ use of the strategy. All three paraprofessionals rated their experience with the training and the strategy as favorable.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Smith, Jesse M.jms443@pitt.edujms4430000-0002-7516-1234
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLyon, Steven
Committee MemberKostewicz, Douglas
Committee MemberHanden,
Committee MemberHelsel, William
Date: 29 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 July 2017
Approval Date: 29 September 2017
Submission Date: 28 September 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 126
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: paraprofessional training, behavior skills training, differential reinforcement of alternative behavior
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 12:27
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 12:27


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