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Step 1: Organize observations relevant to the problematic behavior/issue
In many cases, there are several contributors to the student’s identified problem. These contributors may interact with each other, therefore, it may be necessary to combine tests from different categories of possibilities. The existence of several interacting contributors may become obvious as you proceed through individual intervention experiments.
Generally weak cognitive functioning: Some students may engage in apparent attention-seeking behavior as a result of excessive demands placed on their memory, organizational ability, academic skill, or other cognitive ability. (See Tutorials on Cognition, Memory, Organization.)
Relevant Observations: The student’s ability to maintain on-task focused behavior may be related to the cognitive and academic demands of the task. The student may engage in apparent attention-seeking behavior when cognitive and academic demands rise. (See Tutorials on Cognition, Memory, Organization, Instructional Routines.)
Useful experiments for assessment and intervention:
Possible referrals: School psychologist for assessment; instructional support specialist for instructional strategies; behavior specialist for behavior management strategies
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