Master of Arts (M.A.)
This action thesis was designed and implemented as a professional development workshop for the educators at Sunnyside Elementary in Huntington, California. Participants included 20 female and 3 male kindergarten through fifth grade teachers from Sunnyside Elementary. The importance of early behavioral intervention for students with or at-risk of an emotional disturbance or conduct disorders was discussed. Additionally, the definitions for emotionally disturbed and conduct disorder were examined and the eligibility criteria for students with emotional disturbances were reviewed. Intervention strategies from the Emotional or Behavior Disorder Intervention Manual were discussed. Hypothetical student cases were discussed using a sample Daily Point Sheet in conjunction with intervention strategies from the intervention manual. Lastly, a self-constructed brochure, developed for the purposes of educating both parents and teachers about the parameters of Sunnyside Elementary's Special Day Class for students with emotional disturbances, was reviewed. Results of this action thesis have indicated that the participants left the workshop with a greater knowledge of (1) the definitions of emotionally disturbed and conduct disorder, (2) eligibility criteria for students with emotional disturbances, (3) intervention strategies for at-risk students, and (4) the program parameters for the Special Day Class for students with emotional disturbances at Sunnyside Elementary.
Richards, Jesse,, "The importance of early intervention for students with or at-risk for emotional disturbance or conduct disorder" (2006). Capstone Projects and Theses. 470.