This study focused on early identification and differentiated intervention for preschool children with behavior problems. The disproportionate prevalence of behavior problems among low-income children suggests the importance of such early intervention to promote later academic and social success in this population. Tier II behavior supports, in the context of the Teaching Pyramid, were provided in an upstate New York Head Start. Interventions were implemented in small-group settings. Using qualitative individualized reports following each session combined with Social Skills Improvement System scores, changes in problem behaviors and social skills were assessed. Differentiated behavior supports provided were associated with reduced behavior problems and increased pro-social behavior in the sample of low-income preschoolers.
Westcott, Kim; Ochal, Bethany; and Tanzman, Melinda, "Tier II Behavior Interventions in Head Start" (2010). NERA Conference Proceedings 2010. 33.