Self-Mediated Interventions

Posted on 30 Oct 2008 in Intervention, Special Education, Student Behavior | Comments Off on Self-Mediated Interventions

Self-mediated interventions are a favorite of mine – see what a teacher recently said about her success with this intervention. It gives responsibility to the student, can generalize to multiple settings, and can be used to improve on-task and academic behaviors. (For details see the article titled Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies for Students with EBD). This intervention requires the student to: a) notice their behavior, b) record it, and c) graph their progress.

It comes in several varieties, all are evidence-based:

  • Self-monitoring
  • Self-evaluation
  • Self-instruction
  • Goal setting
  • Strategy instruction

As I’ve mentioned before, I taught students to use handheld computers to self-monitor their on-task behavior, math accuracy and productivity, and on-task attention during a writing activity. Students generally liked the intervention and most wanted to continue after our trial was completed. This behavior intervention worked for a 7-year old as well as student’s who were 12 and 14 years old.