Interactive Multimedia Training Program for First Step to Success Intervention

Investigators developed a computer-based interactive program to train behavioral coaches in the implementation of the First Step to Success early intervention program.

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 to 60 hours over a three-month period. First Step to Success includes three interconnected modules: screening, classroom intervention, and parent training. The screening module is used to identify candidates who meet eligibility criteria for program participation. Classroom intervention and parent training comprise the program intervention component of First Step to Success.


10/1/11 - 7/31/14


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)