Date of Award

Summer 2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a parent implemented video self modeling intervention for a middle school student with autism. The targeted behaviors included slowing the rate of the student’s eating and reducing the number of times the student touched her food with her hands during a meal. A series of parent interviews and home visits were conducted in order to collect data about the parents’ experience of involvement in the intervention and to help ensure intervention integrity. A parent training manual was provided as a resource. Qualitative data collected through parent interviews was used to assess the utility of the provided parent training manual and to create a best practice document for school practitioners. The intervention was successful in decreasing the number of times the student touched her food with her hands during meals. The length of mealtimes was highly variable; a positive trend was observed during the intervention phase and an increase in the mean amount of time spent eating was documented during the fading phase of the study.

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