2Intermediate PracticumImportant NumbersSystem Managers:David Nichol (616) 706-7847 email@example.comKirsten Powers (734)536-1298 firstname.lastname@example.orgPracticum Coordinator:Kelli Perry (540) 424-9051 email@example.comWoodsEdge Teaching Assistants:Joe Shane (269) 876-9789 firstname.lastname@example.orgJessica Korneder (626) 676-7984 email@example.comSarah Lichtenberger (336) 327-9114 firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. Richard Malott email@example.comBATS Lab:2536 Wood Hall(269) 387-4491To report absences: call your TA on your shift (Kelli, Joe, Jessica or Sarah) and leave amessage. You may send a text message only after you have called. You should notify your TA atleast 30 minutes before your shift starts (if you shift is 10:30am, call no later than 10am). If youknow a head of time that you are going to be absent also inform your TA and be prepared tomake up the hours. Professionalism points will be lost if you miss WE without a notice.Responsibilities Attend WoodsEdge 10 hour per week doing discrete trial therapy.o If there is a half day, or no school; the hours do not need to be made upo Being an IP student you are now considered to be experienced and may be floatingaround to different children more throughout the semester. Take this as a compliment. Attend seminar 2 hours per week. Completing activities due in seminar Participating in one-on-one feedback sessions and class discussionso One-on-ones will be individual; you should fill out your part of the form for the dayof the scheduled One-on-one. You should also bring in the one-on-one evaluationwith you to class as well as any questions and/or concerns.o One-on-ones are part of your homework grade Sign your own codes for your own child during your shift!o We will go over this information on the first day of seminar.
3How to CodeCodes your are allowed to sign:-IP: Implementation Problemso Use this code when the procedure was not completed because you spent time looking forthe stimulus material or reading a procedure or phase you were not familiar with. Alsouse this code when you fail to complete a procedure because of poor pacing.-MM: Missing Materialso Items required to run the procedure were missing. For example if you just phase changedwhile running Manipulative Imitation and are missing the “frog” you would mark MMbecause you were missing the phase specific materials needed to run the procedure.-OT: Off Tasko Use this code if you cannot complete a session because of inappropriate behaviors duringthat session or if you cannot start a session because of tantrum, self-stimulation and otherinappropriate behaviors during previous sessions that cause them to take too long. Do notuse this code in place of data collection for sessions in which a child is somewhatinattentive but completes the procedures (even though his or her performance is not assuccessful as usual).-AAA: Appropriate Alternative Activityo Use this code for special arts workshop, evaluations, holidays, parties, tornado or firedrills, toileting accidents, examinations by the school nurse, etc. during the time when ascheduled procedure was supposed to be run.o For example at 10:15 the speech therapist came down and took the child to speech. Thislasted until 10:45. The tutor would code all procedures that were scheduled for the childfrom 10:15 until 10:45.-SA: Student Absento The tutor will code all the child’s procedures for that day once.-SL: Student (child) Lateo Student arrives late to school. The tutor will code all procedures up until the time thechild arrived. For example, if a child on the a.m. shift arrives at 9:30, the tutor will codeall procedures from 8:30 until 9:30.-SLE: Student Left Earlyo Student leaves school early. For example, if a child on the a.m. shift gets picked up at9:30, the tutor will code SLE for all remaining procedures.-M/C: Maintenance Criteriao The child has reached phase change criteria while on the last phase of a particularprocedure.o The tutor MUST also write this code on the child’s booth chart on the outside of thebooth -3 points if you forget.
4-WB: Whistle Blowo The child has met whistle blow criteria: 20 sessions without a phase change, or 5 sessionsbelow 50%.o The tutor MUST also write this code on the child’s booth chart on the outside of thebooth (-3 points if you fail to do so)How to Make a Phase Change· Always read the phase change criteria for each procedure before making a phase change· Before making a phase change look at the next phase to see if the procedure has reachedmaintenance criteria (MC).· If you MC a procedure make sure to add it to the chart and the list of MC procedures inyour child’s booth· Get a red pencil and make the change… remember to put your initials above the phasechange so we can tell who made the phase change· If there is a code in between the data, it is still a phase change for example 95, IP, 95· Please only make phase changes for the child you work with. Never make a phasechange for a child other than your own.· DO NOT MAKE PECS PHASE CHANGES! (get a supervisor to watch)GradingYou will be graded in the following areas:WoodsEdge (WE) Learning Center Participation:At WE, tutors earn 10 points an hour. Therefore, a day at WE is worth 20 points. Participationpoints are deducted for doing other homework or socializing when you should be working withyour child, etc. You cannot make up WE absences with OAPs.o When a tutor misses a WoodsEdge practicum day without advanced notice (i.e.,calling in the day before or prearranging with session supervisor), s/he will loseparticipation points (20 points) and his/her grade will be lowered half a letter grade.o When a tutor misses a practicum day with advanced notice (for whatever reason),s/he will lose participation (20 points) points for that day.o When a tutor misses more than three days either at WE or in seminar, on the fourthmissed day, the grade is lowered half a letter grade.o If a tutor loses all participation points for any given day either at WE or in seminardue to being late, s/he must still participate in all activities during the time remaining.Otherwise, the tutors final grade will be lowered half a letter grade.o Tutors lose 1 point for every minute s/he arrives late or leaves early (for any reason).o In addition, when a tutor is going to be late and does not call to warn WE staff, 10Professionalism points will be lost.o If you lose 60 points or more for lateness or leaving early at WE, your finalgrade will be lowered by half a letter grade.o Rationale for the stringent attendance policy: Consistency is crucial for the tutorsand the WE children. Tutors benefit most from daily practice and feedback in orderto acquire the skills needed to properly perform DTT sessions. Absences affect their
5repertoire (DTT skills) but also the repertoire of the WE child with whom they areworking. Please note that this “get-tough” attendance policy is designed to avoidthe hopeless hassle of coming around during, or at the conclusion of, thesemester pleading for some way to make up points lost throughout the semester!Seminar Participation:One seminar session is worth 20 points. Participation points are deducted when: (1) you do notparticipate in role plays, (2) you are late for seminar (Late - minus 5 points per 5 min late) (3)you do not participate in the discussions (4) you are absent/late from seminar.o When a tutor misses a seminar session (for whatever reason), s/he will lose bothparticipation points (20) and quiz points (20)--NO EXCEPTIONS!o When a tutor misses more than three days either at WE or in seminar, on the fourthmissed day, the grade is lowered half a letter grade.o Tutors lose 1 point per minute late to seminar.o If a tutor loses all participation points for any given day either at WE or in seminardue to being late, s/he must still participate in all activities during the time remaining.Otherwise, the tutors final grade will be lowered half a letter grade.o Come to seminar with 1 WE question or comment, at the very least a cute kidstory (have something to say if I call on you for discussion)Monitoring Score:Starting the 2ndweek of the semester, Graduate students will monitor your performance withyour child. This will occur 1-3 times per week for the rest of the semester. Each monitoring isworth 100 points. Your TA will monitor your performance on Discrete Trials, St. Play, PECS,and Activities of Daily Living (ADL), which includes arrival, departure, toileting, and snack.Please implement ADL, St Play, and PECS as rigorously as you would implement discrete trialprocedures. Professionalism:Evaluations of professionalism are worth 100 points per week. A 3-point deduction occurs eachtime a category in the following list is violated, with the exception of four categories: (1)behaved professionally during interactions, (2) implemented feedback, (3) accepted feedback,and (4) did not leave child unattended at any time. A 5-point deduction normally occurs eachtime (1), (2), or (3) is violated. A 10-point deduction normally occurs each time (4) is violated(in extreme cases of un-professionalism, one or more letter grades might be deducted; butfortunately this has never happened so far). The point deduction may be doubled for each repeatviolation (e.g. the first missed phase change would result in a three-point deduction, the secondmissed phase change would result in a six-point deduction, the third in a twelve-point deduction,etc.). This list is not all-inclusive and may be updated to meet the needs of the practicum (Seelist below).***Due to the recurring problem of tutors not being cautious when coding phase changes,there is a new policy. As an intermediate student you are now allowed to sign your owncodes. However, if you make more than 3 mistakes you will be placed on a penaltyperiod where your coding privileges are revoked for a week. During that week you willhave to get a supervisor to sign them for you. In addition, you will lose at least 3professionalism points for each mistake. Please be conscientious when coding yourchild’s book!!!
6Professionalism Feedback SheetName _______________ T.A.s Name_____________ Date ______________You have lost __________ points because__________________________________________If you fail to do any of the following you will lose points. This list is not all-inclusive and maybe updated to meet the needs of the practicum.Points Description of Expectations – Points will be deducted if the following are notcompleted accurately3 Arrived on time: 8:25/10:25/12:253 Took child to playroom to fill reinforcer bin before starting procedures3 Brought pencil, childs procedure book, and other necessary materials to booth3 Did not miss any phase changes3 Went outside to the bus at the correct time (8:25, 11:30, or 2:35)3 Implemented ADLs as scheduled3 Followed guidelines for hand washing, toileting, and arrival/departure3Left all unnecessary materials away from child and out of the discrete trial session(keys, coffee, pop, etc.)3 Prompted child while they participate in scheduled activities (i.e., speech)3 Followed procedure & prompted child during snack group and ADL’s3Prompted child to throw away trash, prompted child to wash hands, and went back tobooth to work after lunch3 Worked until end of session 10:30/12:30/2:303 Cleaned booth after session (threw away trash, picked up food, returned child book3 Wore school-appropriate clothes (including not showing underwear while sitting)3 Wore reinforcer apron and ID badges3 Used transition icons3 Carried PECS book everywhere3 Blew the whistle correctly/timely3 Does not talk about the child in front of the child3 Uses appropriate language in front of the children and in the classroom5 Implemented feedback given during discrete trial sessions or seminar sessions5Behaved professionally when interacting with the classroom teacher,supervisors, aides, parents, peers, and other WoodsEdge staff5Accepted feedback professionally and appropriately (eye contact, asked forsuggestions, etc.)10 Did not leave child unattended at any time
7HOMEWORK GUIDE - VERY IMPORTANT!!For ALL WRITTEN/TYPED WORK in this course:1) You MUST follow the “Don’t Say Rule” from PSY 3600/1400:“With nonverbal organisms don’t say expects, knows, thinks, figures out, in order to (so thathe/she can), trying to, imagines, makes the connection, associates or understands. With anyorganism don’t say wants”.Which basically means: All questions and written work must be answered from abehavioral point of view.For Example:Bad: The child doesn’t understand what they are supposed to point towhen they are asked.Good: The child doesn’t have the discrimination skills in their repertoireto correctly respond to the SD.2) If you use these words in your turned in work you could lose pointsEmail Homework Turn In Guide1) ALWAYS title the document within the following format:firstname.lastname.assigmenttitle.doc*For example this would look like: michael.jackson.matching.doc*If you don’t it will be emailed back to you and you must change the title yourself*If this is a reoccurring problem the documents will be considered late if they are notturned in correctly by the due date2) Make sure your documents are compatible for the 2004 version of word*If they aren’t they will be emailed back to you and you must re-save it in the correctformat*If this is a reoccurring problem the document will be considered late if a correct versionis not received by the due dateGrading MatrixSeminar Attendance, WoodsEdge Attendance,Homework/Quizzes/One-on-One SessionsGrade 92 87 82 77 72 67 62 <61Professionalism(Includes at WEand 1-on-1’s)& Monitoring97 A BA B CB C DC D E93 BAB CB C DC D E89 B BC C DC D E85 CBC DC D E81 C DC D E78 DCD E75 D E71 E
8Point Break-Down• WoodsEdge -- Participation/Attendance (20 points per day)- Monitoring Score (100 points per score)- Professionalism - including one-on-one sessions (100 points per week)•Seminar -- Participation/Attendance (20 points per seminar)- Homework Assignments/One-on-one forms (20 points each)- Quizzes (points will vary)- Alternative Treatment Project- Summary (25 points)- Presentation (25 points)Other Important Information• All practicum students are subject to the rules and regulations of Kalamazoo RegionalEducational Services Agency (KRESA). For instance, verbal or physical abuse will not betolerated. If a WMU student engages in verbal or physical abuse of any kind, then thestudent will be terminated as a staff member of KRESA and the WMU student must drop thecourse. If it is too late to drop the course, then the WMU student will receive an “E” for thecourse.• Dress Code -WE is a professional site and you are expected to adhere to the dress code.o Ex. of acceptable attire: clean dark wash jeans, khakis, dress pants ,tennis shoes,non open toe shoes,o Ex. of unacceptable attire: Any dirty, torn, patched, or stained clothing, cut-offs,beach wear, low-cut shirts, bare-midriff shirts, short skirts or shorts, T-shirtsinappropriate for an educational setting (sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.), and clothingworn inside out or backwards. T-shirts and sweatshirts with writing or logos otherthan KRESA are not permitted.Cheating of any sort results in our recommending to the WMU Student Judiciary Committeethat the student receive a grade of "E" for the course. Entering false data at WE will also resultsin our recommending to the WMU Office of Student Judicial Affairs that the student receive agrade of "E". ENTERING FALSE DATA ALSO HURTS YOUR CHILD!What happens if I get bitten?• When the child does not let go w/ his/her teeth…o Push the child’s head closer to you. Do not push the child away; this may causethe skin to tear more.o Call over the nearest TA, to help you get the child to release his/her jaw.• If the bite breaks the skin…
9o Wash it out with soap and water in the sink by the bathrooms. The soap is reallygood antibacterial soap.• In all cases…o Stop what you are doing, call over the TA to fill out an incident report.• If there is a need because of bleeding or swelling, you will be sent to the nurse’s office toget bandaged or to get an ice pack.• The child’s parents will be informed of the incident. (The student is probably at morerisk than the tutor; because the child may have gotten your blood in his/her mouth).• Prevention…o If your child attempts to bite you and has not ever done this in the past, inform theTA on duty, so we can watch this behavior. It will also allow us to warn othertutors.o If your child is a biter, do your best to ignore the child’s attempts to bite andcontinue with the procedures. Although this is sometimes difficult (and notalways possible), do your best. Typically, the child is biting so he/she can escapethe demands that have been placed on him/her. It is also possible the childbehaves in this way for the attention resulting from the bite.What happens if your child gets hurt?• If your child hurts themselves (hard fall, etc.) or you see anything (rash) notify aclassroom staff/TA and get a nurse to check them out if staff thinks it is necessary.Letters of Reference (LORs)Letters of Reference (for jobs or graduate school) – Ask me for a form to complete if you wouldlike a Letter of Reference (the forms are also available in the box on the door of 2536 WoodHall). The completed forms are to be turned in to BATS lab mailbox.
10Practicum Assignment Schedule Spring 2013ClassDateWhat’s Due: In class: Reminders:May 8Week 1No Seminar *Look over Syllabus-Syllabus Quiz 5/15May 15thWeek 2- How to Code- Red Dot- Basic Practicum andDTT Review- Syllabus Quiz-Review and study for DTT Quiz 5/22-Review PECS PowerPoints athttp://dickmalott.squarespace.com/lfts-pecs/May 22ndWeek 3- PECS Training/Review- Instructional Control- Discrete Trial Quiz- One-on-one videos will be collected- Completed one-on-one feedback formMay 29thWeek 4- Red DotHomework- Completed one-on-one feedbackform-In class DTT videos- Read Gina Green Article and turn inHomework (questions and reactionpaper)June 5thWeek 5- Gina Greenquestions andreaction paper due- Gina Green Discussion -Read MacDuff article and homeworkdue next weekJune 12thWeek 6- MacDuffHomeworkQuestions due- MacDuff Discussion- Start FunctionalAnalysis Unit-Functional Analysis Quiz 6/19- Review FA PowerPoint and GuidedNotes- No seminar next week!
11June 19thWeek 7- *RecruitmentPresentation- Finish FunctionalAnalysis Unit- Functional AnalysisQuiz-Read POB Chapter 27 (Maintenance) &28 (Transfer) handouts and turn in 1page summary- No seminar next week!June 26thWeek 8No Seminar!WoodsEdge ClosedJuly 3rdWeek 9No Seminar!WMU IndependenceDay RecessJuly 10thWeek 101 page reactionpaper/summarydue- Behavioral Unit- Generalization & PlaySkill UnitJuly 17thWeek 11-Alternative Treatmentsdiscussion-Group Projectdiscussion/presentationWork on summary of alternativetreatmentsJuly 24thWeek 12Individual andgroupassignments due-Alternative Treatmentsdiscussion-Group Projectdiscussion/presentationJuly 31stWeek 13-Professionalism &Career DevelopmentAug 7thWeek 14AP Presentations &Final Fiesta (TBD)
12Aug 14thAP Presentations &Final Fiesta (TBD)Aug 16thSummer Session Ends*I reserve the right to modify the syllabus as necessary as things change throughout the semester.However, if this does occur, you will be notified in advance. Additionally, some of the events aretentative and subject to change.