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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.
Attention or sympathy seeking: Some students may do poorly on academic tasks as a means of obtaining adult and/or peer attention or sympathy. (See Tutorials on Attention; Behavior Management: Prevention Strategies; Behavior Management: Contingency Management)
Relevant observations: The student may engage in the problem behavior in front of others. The student may tell others about the problem behavior in a manner that seems designed to obtain attention or sympathy.
Useful experiments for assessment and intervention:
Possible referrals: School psychologist or behavior specialist for behavioral assessment and behavior management strategies; counselor for counseling
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