Robertson, R., Kearns, D., Zumeta, R., Moore, T., Lemons, C., & Wehby, J. Intensive Intervention: Evidence for Bold New Directions in Special Education. Presented at Applied Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
Intensive intervention has emerged as an important new term in special education, mainly because many researchers in special education have observed limited gains in student achievement in recent studies. The search for better approaches has stretched researchers’ thinking and highlighted the role of single-subject research in developing more effective, individualized interventions. As chair, Devin Kearns, Ph.D. (Boston University), will describe the reason “intensive intervention” has become an important new term for special educators as it applies to academics and behavior. Rebecca Zumeta, Ph.D. (American Institutes of Research; AIR) will then describe the work she has done as the Technical Assistance and Dissemination Coordinator of the National Center on Intensive Intervention to build intensive interventions. Christopher J. Lemons, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University) will describe his work to build early reading interventions for children with Down syndrome. Tara Moore (University of Tennessee - Knoxville) will report the results of a study investigating teachers' knowledge and use of research-based classroom and behavior management strategies. Rachel E. Robertson, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh) will discuss her work developing sustainable behavior interventions for racially and socioeconomically diverse parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Joseph H. Wehby, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University) will serve as discussant. The tension between rigor and relevance in applied research, as well as the importance of integrating academic and behavior interventions, will be discussed.