215711 First Step to Success in Hawaii preschools: A targeted intervention for children with mild behavior challenges

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jean L. Johnson, DrPH , Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka, MS , Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Susan Mrazek, MA , Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Annemieke Golly, PhD , Institute of Violence and Destructive Behavior, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Several studies and policy briefs have demonstrated a significant need to establish social competency in young children to promote their academic achievement in their early years (AERA, 2005; Brophy-Herb, Lee, Nievar & Stollak, 2007; Denham, 2006; Le, Kirby, Marney, Setodji & Gershwin, 2006; McClelland, Acock, & Morrison, 2006). The need to provide effective social competency programs to serve young Native Hawaiian children is heightened when reports consistently describe the significant economic and psychosocial challenges faced by Native Hawaiians (Kana‘iaupuni, Malone & Ishibashi, 2005).Given these challenges, the social development of young Native Hawaiian children, and in turn their educational achievement, are at considerable risk. The University of Hawai`i at Mânoa's Center on Disability Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii recently received a three year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Native Hawaiian Program to implement First Step to Success in Oahu preschools. By the end of the three year grant, we hope to work with approximately 100 teachers, students and their families. First Step to Success is a program designed to help reduce antisocial behaviors and increase school readiness. Program overview and information about the implementation of First Step to Success in select Hawai`i preschool classrooms will be shared.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify how workshop participants typically handle classroom behavior management. 2. Describe the three levels of the Positive Behavior Supports Triangle. 3. Name the five universal principles of Positive Behavior Support and First Step to Success. 4. Articulate the procedures for implementing the First Step to Success Program in preschool settings. 5. Compare and contrast your personal view on classroom behavior management with the theory of First Step to Success.

Keywords: Behavior Modification, Children

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: NA

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Coordinator for First Step to Success Hawaii.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.