How Threshold Effects A Response

Let’s first start with the definition of “Threshold”.  Threshold is the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested: “nothing happens until the signal passes the threshold” or “a threshold level. “   As in the above picture, funny but in some cases […]

The Most Comprehensive List of Special Education Acronyms

Acronyms of Special Education AAC – Alternative Augmentative Communication Acces-VR – Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation ADA – Americans With Disabilities Act ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADL – Activity of Daily Living APE – Adaptive Physical Education ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder ASL – […]

Pre-referral Information for Teachers

Steps Leading to the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) A teacher notices that a student is having serious academic or behavioral difficulty The teacher consults the student’s parents and tries the instructional or behavioral management strategies she or he believes will resolve the problem. If the problem is not resolved the teacher asks for the help […]

What to record during observations!

Data is important to record.  It can provide cues to help determine the antecedents and consequences to behaviors.  Observing a child and recording this data helps  to provide a  complete description of the many behaviors and the context in which they occurred. This allows us to gather information on the students behavior. More specifically the […]

Progress Monitoring: RTI Procedures Commonly Use to Monitor Students’ Progress

Progress Monitoring: Response to Intervention Procedures School Psychologists Commonly Use to Monitor Students’ Progress. Abstract:  Since the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004, the increased pressure to identify, intervene early, and use research-based programs has made Response to Intervention (RTI) the method of choice. This research provides empirical data on […]