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Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education


Keri Bethune

Cheryl Beverly

Matt Trybus


The purpose of this study was to explore and evaluate a possible connection between the participation in a physical activity and the on-task and off-task behaviors of an elementary school student with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Specifically, the intervention phase applied in this study hoped to increase the on-task behaviors exhibited by the student while also decreasing off-task behaviors. After observing the student in the baseline phase, the intervention was applied based on the student’s choice of physical activity. Then, the researcher observed the student through whole interval recording of on-task behavior and partial interval recording of off-task behavior for ten minutes and in one minute intervals. Results showed an increase in her on-task behavior and a decrease in her off-task behavior during the times she participated in the physical activity. Additionally, social validity questionnaires completed by the student and classroom teacher show a positive experience with the intervention and the intention to continue using the physical activity to promote on-task behavior for the student.



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