Ariel Hendrix

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

First Advisor

Lauri Nelson


Self-advocacy is an essential component of social-emotional skill development (Scheele, L., & Clark, G., n.d.; Luckner & Sebald, 2013). The ability to recognize one’s needs, and then utilize effective self-advocacy skills to meet those needs are characteristics considered to contribute to successful development in this area. Young children with disabilities require strong self-advocacy and self-determination skills, particularly as they transition from preschool into mainstream kindergarten settings. Children should learn that they have a right and a responsibility to access the same educational experiences as their peers, and should be given the tools to effectively identify and implement appropriate self-advocacy strategies within the classroom (Anderson & Arnoldi, 2011). Age-appropriate advocacy skills can and should be introduced within early intervention home-based programs and within the preschool classroom to establish the foundations for future growth and development.