H. M., Severson, H. H., Feil, E. G., Stiller, B., & Golly, A.
(1998). First Step to Success: Intervening at the Point of School Entry
to Prevent Antisocial Behavior Patterns. Psychology in the Schools , 35
(3), 259-26 9.
This article provides a description of the First Step to Success early
intervention program for preventing development of antisocial behavior
patterns among young, at-risk children. A brief review of the risk
factors and family conditions associated with antisocial behavior
patterns is provided as a context and rationale for early intervention
approaches designed to divert at-risk children from this path. First
Step to Success was developed as a response to the increasing numbers
of at-risk children who begin school with the early signs of antisocial
behavior due to the risk factors to which they have been exposed. This
intervention program is coordinated and delivered by a school
professional who can serve teachers and parents in a consultant
capacity (e.g., school psychologist, early interventionist, school
counselor, behavioral specialist, and so forth). The program has three
modular components: (a) proactive, universal screening, (b) school
intervention and (c) parent training. These components are applied in
concert with each other to teach the at-risk, target child an adaptive
pattern of school-related behavior. A description of these components,
and guidelines for implementing them, are presented as well.