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The effect of functional communication training through para-professional on challenging behaviors for students with disabilities in middle school

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2011, 12(2), pp.337-361
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

박미경 1 Kang, Kyung Sook 2

1서울은평중학교
2원광대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research investigates the effects of the functional communication training through para-professional on severe challenging behaviors of three students with disabilities integrated in an ordinary middle school. The special education teacher trained the para-professional for three sessions on functional assessments and for two sessions on the methodology of the functional communication training before the assistant, with the help from the special education teacher, performed the functional assessment about the challenging behaviors of students with disabilities and implemented the intervention of functional communication on the students. The three students, who did severe challenging behaviors in various aspects in the classroom before the interventions were implemented, showed a sharp decline in problem behaviors and they were mainstreamed in the ordinary classes as well. Moreover, the lowered challenging behavior rates maintained in the duration period. The result of this research not only suggests that the intervention of functional communication through the cooperative approach between a special education teacher and a para-professional is effective in reducing challenging behaviors of students with disabilities, but it also implies the importance of the teacher-assistant cooperated approach, the necessity of training after the placement of an assistant, and the probability of the integration of students with disabilities and with severe challenging behaviors in general classes.

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