Behavioral Habilitation of Students with Severe Handicaps

  • David P. Wacker
  • Wendy K. Berg


Students with severe handicaps comprise a very heterogeneous group (Sontag, Smith, & Sailor, 1977), ranging from those who engage in remunerative work after school to those who appear completely unresponsive to their environments. In some cases, severely handicapped students attending the same classroom display such diverse behavior as self-injurious behavior, cooperative play on video games with age-appropriate peers, and independent use of public transportation systems. This diversity can make the assessment and treatment of these students seem problematic, at best, and it is not surprising that many psychologists in educational settings question their own competency in providing adequate services to this population of students (Irons, Irons, & Maddux, 1984).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David P. Wacker
    • 1
  • Wendy K. Berg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital SchoolUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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