Date of Award:

12-2021

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling

Committee Chair(s)

Ray Joslyn

Committee

Ray Joslyn

Committee

Timothy A. Slocum

Committee

Kaitlin Bundock

Abstract

Special educators are required to train the staff who work in their rooms to be competent in working with students with severe disabilities. Oftentimes these special educators do not have enough time to adequately train the staff and this often results in a high turnover rate and frustrated staff. This study looked at the effects of using a video model to train staff to complete a multiple stimulus without replacement assessment which identifies a student’s preferences. These preferences can then be used for a student to earn throughout their school day. The participants were paraprofessionals who work in a self-contained special education classroom. Data were collected on how well the participants were able to conduct the assessment before the video training as well as after. The results of this study demonstrated the participants were able to increase their accuracy and acquire the skills necessary to conduct an MSWO preference assessment using a video model. These results show that video modeling can be effective when training staff to in special education classrooms.

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