Frank Gresham, Ph.D. Louisiana State University
RTI: An Intervention-Based Approach to Delivering Services to Students At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Almost 20% of school-age students could qualify for a mental health diagnosis, however less than 1% of these students are served in schools as emotionally disturbed. Students with these emotional and behavioral challenges are therefore either unserved or underserved in American schools. Most of these children experience a number of difficulties in the development and maintenance of satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers. This presentation focuses on the development and implementation of multiple tiers of social skills instructional interventions that are evidence-based and effective. Issues of screening, assessment, and program evaluation are discussed.