Systematic delivery and recording of intervention assistance for use with children having handicapping conditions are described. The components of establishing a behavior objective, doing a task analysis, programming the task, and collecting data on task performance are reviewed. A systematic hierarchy of graduated levels of assistance or prompts, from least intrusive to most intrusive and the reverse, is provided as a framework to plan intervention strategies. A self-graphing data sheet is included for simple recording of the prompting system and trial by trial responses. A behavior objective for facilitation of creeping is reviewed with consideration of how to change the behavior, criteria, or conditions.
Systematic intervention involving graduated prompts provides function-oriented treatment sessions, encourages the least amount of intervention necessary, gives immediate reinforcement, and provides for collection of objective performance data. The use of systematic delivery and recording of intervention assistance is advocated for a variety of patient populations, treatment strategies, and documentation and as a starting point for some efficacy research.
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