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Updating the Child's Program
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Process - Making Program Changes.

Making Program Decisions

After data has been collected, an examination or analysis is made to see if the child is learning (making progress) or not. Based on this analysis, a program decision can be made.

In simplest form there are two options when making program decisions: either maintain the program as is, or change something. If the child is having difficulty with a certain skill or portion of a skill, it is important that we do not allow them to experience failure for extended periods of time. There are a number of changes that the consultant can make if a child is having problems on a skill.

  • Materials
  • Cue, positioning, presentation
  • Criterion (too high or low)
  • Reinforcement
  • Task analysis
  • Task objective
When making program changes it is important that only one change be made at a time so that the consultant can determine which change was effective. Be sure to document changes that are made.

When the child is demonstrating progress or improvement:

When the child is NOT demonstrating progress or improvement:

Following are key concepts that need to be kept in mind when collecting and analyzing data:

  • Data collection and analysis should be an integral part of any program.
  • Data allows the user to measure and monitor child progress as well as to make program decisions.
  • We need to collect enough data to be meaningful and useful.
  • Data is only useful when it is analyzed.
  • There are 2 general decisions that can be made when we are analyzing data. You can either continue to run the program as is, or you can make some type of change.
  • Do not allow the child to experience failure for extended periods of time. Change something....
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