Master of Arts (M.A.)
The purpose of this thesis project was to evaluate the effectiveness of research-based instructional strategies to determine what materials, in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), should be included in a training series for paraprofessionals working with students with ASD. With the prevalence of ASD increasing, it is imperative that paraprofessionals have effective tools and instructional strategies to support students with ASD in general and special education classrooms. Four training modules were created in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavior Analysis: 1) background information on ASD and ABA, 2) antecedent instructional strategies, 3) reinforcement and 4) self-management. One of the training modules was field-tested with a group of paraprofessionals and feedback was provided. This project supports the feasibility of developing a series of trainings for paraprofessionals in the use of instructional strate gies based in ABA for students with ASD.
Hoff, Alison M., "A series of trainings for paraprofessionals : instructional strategies for supporting students with autism spectrum disorder" (2008). Capstone Projects and Theses. 452.