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DR. GAIL FITZGERALD
University of Missouri

DR. KEVIN KOURY
California University of Pennsylvania

DR. CANDICE HOLLINGSEAD
Bethel College

DR. KEVIN MILLER
Buffalo State College

DR. KATHERINE MITCHEM
California University of Pennsylvania


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I. Perspectives on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

The purpose of Perspectives on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders is to enhance problem-solving skills of teachers who work with children with emotional and behavioral disorders. The focus is on understanding children from multiple perspectives and the need for collaborative models in helping children. The perspectives include behavioral, ecological, psychoeducational, biophysical, and integrative theories. Five prominent experts provide overviews of the perspectives and commentary on each of the children featured in the case studies.

The case materials allow users to explore and practice the processes involved in serving such children by observing children in a variety of situations, comparing and contrasting multiple theoretical views, hearing "experts" discuss the cases, and engaging in problem-solving and planning activities.

II. Assessment and Planning in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

The purpose of Assessment and Planning in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders is to enhance assessment and planning skills of teachers who work with children with emotional and behavioral disorders. The focus is on the assessment and planning process for evaluating children's behavioral characteristics from the school team perspective. Problem solving activities include writing interview questions; writing a referral; judging eligibility; making a placement recommendation; and writing goals, activities, and support plans.

The case materials allow users to explore and practice the processes involved in serving such children by observing children in a variety of situations, "interviewing" significant personnel for background, seeking information about assessment and placement processes, and "sitting in" on multidisciplinary assessment conferences.

IIB. Classroom Observation Practice

The program Classroom Observation Practice focuses on procedures for observing student behaviors in classroom. Practices are available for six types of observation procedures: event recording, duration recording, latency recording, interval recording, time sampling recording, and ABC functional analysis.

The user records data on the paper/pencil form and has control over the video through an on-screen video controller bar. The user enters data into a recording table on the screen and receives feedback from the program. Scenes have been coded by master observers and these data are used to provide comparative feedback. One video scene, "Do Your Own," for each type of observation procedure has been left "unstructured" to enable the user to construct an observation protocol, thus receiving practice in selecting, prioritizing, and defining behaviors.

III. Instruction and Management in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

The purpose of Program III is to enhance assessment and planning skills of teachers who work with children with emotional and behavioral disorders in classrooms.

The focus is on planning for therapeutic instruction, planning behavioral interventions, and creating cognitive-behavioral intervention materials. Problem-solving activities such as identifying needs and assessing settings are included.

Each interactive case includes an opening challenge scenario and supportive information. The case materials allow users to explore and practice the steps of teaching and managing children/youth with a range of challenging behaviors by observation, "interviews," and the evaluation of intervention plans. Materials contain short presentations on such psychoeducational curriculums as social skills and anger control training. Performance support tools are available within the software providing templates for a variety of cognitive-behavioral interventions.

KidTools

KidTools is a companion software program for children to use in classroom settings for self-management. The program contains easy-to-use templates for entering personalized content. The template forms include point cards, countoons, self-management cards, S.T.A.R. cards, monitoring cards, make-a-plan cards, and contracts. To use this program, children enter information about target behaviors into a template form and print out the card for immediate use in the classroom. The program uses graphic characters to serve as "guides" to the different tools and provides the option of spoken text for emerging readers.

eKidTools is designed for elementary children. iKidTools is designed for middle school/junior high children. ToolResources contains information about the tools and examples for parents and educators.

KidSkills

KidSkills is a software program that provides strategy tools for children to use to improve their success in learning. The program contains easy-to-use templates for children to enter their own organizational and learning materials. The template forms include multiple tools in each of the following areas: getting organized, taking notes, organizing information, using texts, doing homework, memorizing, studying for tests, and doing projects. KidSkills uses graphic characters as "guides" through the different tools and provides spoken narration for emerging readers. As each tool is completed, it can be saved for future reference as well as printed out for use.

eKidSkills is designed for elementary children. iKidSkills is designed for middle school/junior high children. Skill Resources contains information about the strategies and examples for parents and educators.

StrategyTools & StrategyTools Coach

StrategyTools™ is an advanced version of the KidTools and KidSkills programs that has been developed for secondary-age students. StrategyTools incorporates more mature formats, i.e., editing, linking, expanding, and content entry, for all the tools and adds new categories of tools for transition planning and personal problem solving. StrategyTools uses a graphic character "Tran" as a coach to support secondary students in creating tools. All tools can be saved into a database and called up for editing, using again, and printing.

The Strategy Coach web site provides information and practices for students to learn to make and use tools. http://strategytools.org StrategyTools Resources contains information about the tools and strategies and examples for parents and educators.


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