Why is it important for schools to focus on intensive behavioral interventions?

Question: Why is it important for schools to focus on intensive behavioral interventions?

Lee Kern: Students with emotional-behavioral problems experience extremely poor outcomes. So, for example, we see about a 50% dropout rate, we see that they receive the poorest grades among all disability groups, and they have equally poor outcomes post-graduation. They have difficulties obtaining and maintaining employment. They have high rates of mental health problems, high rates of incarceration, so the routine interventions that we are implementing in schools are just not reaching these students. We’ve seen these data for a lot of years, and they are just not making adequate progress. So it is critical that we implement intensive interventions to address the specific needs that these children have. We need to develop interventions that are linked to assessments that identify the specific difficulties or challenges these students are having and address those specific needs in a very intensive way.

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National Center on Intensive Intervention