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First Step to Success
Children Identified With Or At Risk For An Emotional Disturbance

First Step to Success was found to have positive effects on external behavior, potentially positive effects on emotional/internal behavior, social outcomes, and other academic performance, and no discernible effects on reading achievement/literacy for children classified with an emotional disturbance.

First Step to Success is an early intervention program designed to help children who are at risk for developing aggressive or antisocial behavioral patterns. The program uses a trained behavior coach who works with each student and his or her class peers, teacher, and parents for approximately 50–60 hours over a 3-month period. First Step to Success includes three interconnected modules: screening, classroom intervention, and parent training.


Findings

2
studies that met standards out of
6
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Emotional/internal behavior Potentially positive effects K
 
 
10
External behavior Positive effects K-3
 
 
28
Other academic performance Potentially positive effects 1-3
 
 
13
Reading achievement No discernible effects 1-3 --
Social outcomes Potentially positive effects 1-3
 
 
23

Last Updated: March 2012

Race

White
37%
Not specified
7%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
57%
Not Hispanic
43%

Gender

Male: 73%
Female: 26%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

63%

English Learners

English Learners icon
16%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual

Urbanicity

Urban

Locations

NM, OR
West


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