Intervention Resources

The following is a list of websites and books that may be useful for your work with students (or your own child) when you need some suggestions or ideas about working through a particular academic, behavioral, social, or psychological issue.  While the majority of this resource page focuses on school-based interventions and treatments, there is some information which would also be appropriate for home-based implementation.

Some of the following sites are particularly useful for school support teams to review when developing their school-wide intervention practices.  Make sure you know the technical definition of an intervention before you use the term incorrectly (not everything below is technically an "intervention" as defined in IDEA 2004.)

WrightPsych.com's Recommended Resources:

  • Intervention Central
    • Top recommendation because of the practicality and usefulness of information for teachers.
    • Quite possibly the most well-known and trusted resource for research-based interventions in schools.
    • Free online and downloadable tools, classroom strategies, and straightforward suggestions to help improve student's academic and behavioral growth.
    • If you're looking for classroom materials that will produce results, this is the site for you!
  • What Works Clearinghouse
    • Top recommendation because of the scientific research and meta-analysis of intervention programs.
    • A service of the US Department of Education and the Institute of Educational Sciences.
    • Information is geared toward educational leadership personnel tasked with deciding "What Works?" in public school systems.
    • If you need to know what program to chose to supplement (or replace) your existing curriculum, this is the site to review!

Additional Academic, Behavioral, and Psychological Interventions Resources:

  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
    • NICHCY provides general information about students with disabilities, useful both for parents and schools.
    • The link above will take you directly to the Evidence for Educators page; research on school interventions is provided.
    • NICHCY was previously funded through OSEP, but is no longer.  Information will not be updated, and may not be available after September 30th, 2014.
  • Positive Environments, Network of Trainers (PENT)
    • A resource provided through California's Department of Education.
    • Free information is available for developing behavioral intervention plans and promoting academic success.
    • Research studies are available to review relating to behavioral treatment and school environment.
    • Training resource are available for teachers and paraprofessionals.
  • The Behavior Doctor
    • The Behavior Doctor offers both onsite and online trainings for schools and parents about behavioral problems in children.
    • Positive Behavior Supports are a popular topic for the Behavior Doctor.
    • Make sure to check out the "most popular downloads" section of the site.
  • PBIS World
    • Lists specific suggestions for behavioral problems for tiers 1, 2, and 3.
    • Includes an online forum for discussion among readers.
    • A personal favorite: links to many free behavior rating scales, documentation tools, checklists, charts, and helpful classroom tools to assess and track behavior change.
  • Center On Instruction
    • Primary purpose of the website it to offer scientific review of instructional materials and processes.
    • The link above will take you directly to the "Intensive Interventions" page; a printed text is available for purchase.
    • Direct link above will also give you other links for additional intervention materials which are free for use.
  • Progress Monitoring and Data-Based Decision Making
    • This video was developed to highlight the process of using data to determine the appropriate decisions for tiered instructional groups.
    • Created with OSEP grant money by Lehigh University. 
    • This is a great training video for your RTI/MTSS teams!
  • RTI Action Network
    • An arm of the National Center for Learning Disabilities
    • The RTI Action Network website offers information about structuring intervention programs within schools.
    • This website offers training materials for schools to help establish and empower their RTI/MTSS teams to improve student performance.
  • National Center on Intensive Intervention
    • A project of the American Institutes for Research, supported by the OSEP.
    • The National Center on Intensive Intervention offers trainings to schools and educational leadership about choosing the appropriate intervention strategies for their schools.
    • Webinars, research briefs, intervention effectiveness comparisons, and technical tools are freely available for use.
  • Recommended Interventions for School Psychology Students
    • An excellent resource of practical suggestions for distribution among educators working with students with social, learning, or psychological issues in school.

Emergency Safety Interventions:


In Print:

  • Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments: A Practitioner's Guide.  Watson & Steege.
  • Prevent-Teach-Reinforce: The School-Based Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support.  Dunlap, Lovannone, & English.
  • Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism.  Beth Glasberg.
  • Stop That Seemingly Senseless Behavior.  Beth Glasberg.