Interventions for Disruptive Behaviors: Reducing Problems and Building Skills
Gregory A. Fabiano
Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2016
164 pages (paperback), $33.99, ISBN 978-1-46-252661-1
Fabiano's Interventions for Disruptive Behaviors is a particularly worthy investment for someone new to the field or a school social worker who is seeking social-emotional interventions to support students with disruptive behaviors. A practical tool for clinicians, both within the school setting and in the community, it can also aid educators and families who work to support youth with disruptive behaviors. The book essentially outlines multiple research-based interventions, practical assessment tools, and strategies that may be useful when working with disruptive youth. In addition, it serves as a thoughtful guide to assessing a student's behavior within a functional framework that is critical to effectively implementing an intervention.
The first two chapters are dedicated to emphasizing the importance of viewing students' behavior within their family, school, and community systems and not simply by their diagnosis. The significance of providing an overview of the functional assessment framework of the child's behavior is also discussed. Fabiano recommends using a more functional approach when seeking to decrease disruptive behavior because this approach provides important information related to the disruptive behavior (e.g., frequency, duration, and context) and more effectively answers the questions "why is a problem behavior occurring (its function) and what is maintaining it (its antecedents and consequences)" (p. 16). Fabiano discusses using a framework that includes multiple assessment tools, understanding of the criteria associated with a child's diagnosis, and a thorough functional assessment.
Chapters 3 through 5 outline interventions for parent training, school settings, and increasing a student's adaptive skills. These chapters are especially helpful in identifying curricula and programs for evidence-based interventions. In the chapter focused on parent training, the author indicates that "the cornerstone of most effective interventions for a child with a disruptive behavior disorder will be a parent training program" (p. 35). Fabiano describes various programs and discusses the effectiveness of each intervention reviewed.
The chapter dedicated to school-based interventions succinctly reminds clinicians to implement a systemic approach to...