This behavioural intervention involves the shadow therapist to assist a child when a need arises, usually in mainstream school. The child is to learn independence at school as much as possible throughout the day; the amount of time/days per week the child requires for shadowing may vary.
First by observing and collecting data, the specialist highlights areas of concern. A plan for behaviour modification will then be developed and the child would be challenged to develop further self-sufficiency. The goal is to assist the child by making discret modifications to the behaviour in classroom environment. Shadow specialist often act as an extra teacher in the classroom to prevent others from knowing about the child who requires extra help, thus allowing privacy. The eventual goal of shadowing is to help the child reach full independence at school, as well as coping with his own emotions readily.