Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Symposium #360
Project REACH: Interventions for Severe Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
Monday, May 29, 2006
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Area: EDC; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Lee Kern (Lehigh University)
Discussant: Maureen Conroy (University of Florida)
Abstract: Students with severe behavioral and emotional challenges are highly resistant to most universal and targeted interventions. Instead, these students require individualized, intensive interventions based on function-based assessment and which are implemented with integrity. This symposium presents an overview of Project REACH, a 5-year longitudinal investigation, a description of its research methodology, and several single case design studies demonstrating intensive interventions.
Project REACH: An Overview of Literature, Methods and Research Strategies.
FRANK M. GRESHAM (Louisiana State University), Lee Kern (Lehigh University)
Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of the methods, research, and principles guiding this five-year longitudinal investigation. Risk and protective factors will be addressed as well as the methodological principles underlying this investigation.
Project REACH: Recruitment and Selection of Participants: Pitfalls, Punishers, and Ratio Strain.
CLAYTON R. COOK (University of California, Riverside), Ramon B. Barreras (University of California, Riverside)
Abstract: This presentation describes the recruitment and sample selection procedures for this longitudinal investigation. Response costs association with conducting longitudinal research along with other aversive stimuli will be described. The cost-benefit of conducting this type of research will be described in terms of ratio strain.
Intervention Effects for Students with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Challenges.
CLAYTON R. COOK (University of California, Riverside)
Abstract: A series of single case design studies will be presented showing the effects of individually-designed, intensive interventions. Barriers and solutions to conducting this type of research in schools will be discussed.



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