This evidence-based early intervention program is designed for young children who exhibit challenging behaviors such as defiance, conflicts with peers, and disruptive behaviors.
FIRST STEP NEXT PROCESS
Multistep Screening collects information about the problem behavior.
Coach works one-on-one with the focus student to teach these school success skills:
- Follow Directions
- Be Safe
- Ask for Attention the Right Way
- Be a Team Player
- Do Your Best
- Be Cool
- Mistakes Are Okay
In the classroom, the student earns points and praise for displaying the skills during the Green Card game.
A home component links skills introduced at school to the home environment.
FIRST STEP NEXT MATERIALS
The FIRST STEP Next Coach’s Kit includes everything a coach needs to implement the program:
- Coach’s Manual with CD of reproducible forms and DVD with training videos
- Super Students! Lessons
- Set of Cooperation Cards (trading cards with cartoon characters and skill steps)
- 3 Green and Red Cards with lanyards
- Super Students! Book
- Reward Cards (coach writes rewards on these and lets student draw one) and dry-erase marker
- 3 FIRST STEP Next Student Sets
Each FIRST STEP Next Student Set contains all the consumable materials needed for a coach, teacher, and family to work with a single focus student.
Coach’s Folder holds forms for determining eligibility, conducting meetings, communicating with the student’s family, monitoring progress, and maintaining skills after FIRST STEP Next implementation ends.
Teacher’s Folder contains materials the classroom teacher needs to take over classroom implementation of FIRST STEP Next. The Teacher’s Workbook provides implementation guidance and practical tips for supporting student behavior. The Green and Red Card is used to give feedback to the focus student, and the Skill Review Chart makes it easy for the teacher to review the skills the student is learning.
Home and School Connections Folder provides family members with materials needed to carry out the 5- to 10-minute family component of FIRST STEP Next. The Home and School Connections Workbook includes a daily log to prompt positive interactions with the child and activities to reinforce the skills the child learns in school. Lesson cards and a coloring book help family members and the child review skills together.
Additional Student Sets are available in sets of three. You may also purchase additional Super Students! books, which are used to teach students social skills lessons. An optional Gymboss timer and wristband can be purchased to time the intervals that are part of the classroom Green Card game.