Date of Award

8-2020

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Special Education and Rehabilitation

Committee

Thomas Higbee

Committee

Bryce Fifield

Committee

Karen Hager-Martinez

Abstract

Identification of reinforcers through preference assessments for individuals with disabilities is an important task because it increases the probability of skill development, including academic tasks, self-help skills, social skills, and behavior modification. Teachers of students with disabilities often experience problems with training paraprofessionals to implement preference assessments using written instructions alone. In this study, researchers will investigate whether video modeling will be more effective than written instruction to staff to implement preference assessments. Participants will include three to five paraprofessionals in a classroom setting with no previous behavior analysis training on preference assessments and three to five students in a special education classroom. The target behavior will involve conducting preference assessments as measured by percentage of steps implemented correctly. If results determine that the video modeling intervention is successful, this will add to our understanding of video modeling and its use for staff training.

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