SMH.PAL: An Expert System for Identifying Treatment Procedures for Students with Severe Disabilities
Describes the SMH.PAL, an assessment approach that employs expert system technology to help teachers identify interventions that may be effectively used with students with problem behaviors. The system matches behavior topography with studies describing treatment approaches and then generates case-specific annotated descriptions of potentially useful articles. The system models a reasoned approach to searching intervention literature. Benefits of SMH.PAL are that it provides immediate, informed, and selective access to descriptions of hundreds of relevant, high-quality interventions. It lists articles and associated cautions to help users identify studies and treatments that best match specific circumstances. SMH.PAL exclusionary knowledge base clusters include problem behavior characteristics, student characteristics, implementation environment, human resources, physical resources, and staff characteristics.
Hofmeister, A., Althouse, R.B., Likins, M., Morgan, D., Ferrara, J., Jenson, W.R., & Rollins, E. (1994). SMH.PAL: An Expert System for Identifying Treatment Procedures for Students with Severe Disabilities. Exceptional Children, 61 (2), 174-181.