The materials below were reviewed for Readiness for Dissemination. The implementation
point of contact can provide information regarding implementation of the intervention
and the availability of additional, updated, or new materials.
Lesesne, T. S. (2010). I'm Special: A program for third and fourth graders. Charlotte, NC: Substance Abuse Prevention Services.
Lesesne, T. S. (2010). I'm Special: A program for third and fourth graders, revised and expanded edition [CD-ROM]. Charlotte, NC: Substance Abuse Prevention Services.
Lesesne, T. S. (2010). I'm Special training folder. Charlotte, NC: Substance Abuse Prevention Services.
Readiness for Dissemination Ratings by Criteria (0.0-4.0 scale)
External reviewers independently evaluate the intervention's Readiness for Dissemination
using three criteria:
- Availability of implementation materials
- Availability of training and support resources
- Availability of quality assurance procedures
For more information about these criteria and the meaning of the ratings, see Readiness for Dissemination.
Training and Support
A detailed manual provides clear instructions for implementing the program's eight sessions. The developer assesses the appropriateness of the program for prospective sites. A 2-day training, either on or off site, is available for potential facilitators and incorporates didactic and experiential methods. Ongoing technical support also is available. Program fidelity is emphasized with lesson-specific quality assurance tools, including pre- and posttests and fidelity checklists.
The reason behind the session sequencing is unclear, specifically in regard to whether the sessions are designed to build on one another. The materials lack sufficient guidance for selecting an appropriate program facilitator, and they do not address optimal class size or integration of the program into the school environment and curriculum. No standardized training materials are provided to accompany the slide presentation for the training. No guidance is given on how to use the information generated by the quality assurance tools.