November 17 Meeting of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Practice Improvement Collaborative (I/DD PIC)

On November 17, the I/DD PIC met to discuss different models used for working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Joan Beasley, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, presented on the START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment) model. She started with an overview of core START elements, including a schematic diagram of team components. North Carolina has been implementing the program statewide since 2009. She outlined what NC START currently provides and suggested what it could add.

Don Kincaid, Ed.D., Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of South Florida, discussed Coaching for System Change. He reviewed the coaching literature and provided a model for identifying and training integrated academic and behavior coaching skills. Dr. Kincaid used Florida’s PBIS:MTSS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: Multi-Tiered System of Supports) as an example of a coaching model. Three tiers of academic and behavior systems were identified, where academics and behavioral instruction and interventions are integrated across a continuum of supports, utilizing a 4-step problem-solving process. All students are taught the core curriculum for academics and behavior, and those students not responding effectively to the core are provided with supplemental supports (Tier 2) and/or intensive supports (Tier 3), based on their need. Coaching domains include problem-solving facilitation skills, content knowledge, leadership support, and professional development.

Presentations from the Meeting:

What We Have Learned About Coaching And Systems Change
Presented by: Don Kincaid, Ed.D. University of South Florida
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START Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment
Presented by: Joan B. Beasley, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor Director, Center for START Services Institute on Disability University of New Hampshire
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Video of Dr. Beasley’s Presentation – Enter Password: Start1 (please be aware that this video make take a few minutes to load)

The videotapes of the conference will be uploaded soon.