Date Approved

6-2-2016

Embargo Period

6-3-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Tablet computers; Self-monitoring; Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

This study examined the effect of using an iPad to increase on-task behaviors of high school students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Four students attending a Resource Center during the class of United States’ History II participated in the study. A single subject design with ABAB phases was used. During the baseline, students were observed for 20 minutes in class, and their behaviors were recorded with a checklist. During the intervention, each student was taught to identify one to two on-task behaviors as a goal and to use an iPad with Choiceworks App for self-monitoring for 8 days. The iPad was removed, then resumed for a period of 8 days respectively. Results showed that all students using the iPad for self-monitoring increased their on-task behaviors. Future research involving longer time of using an iPad should be considered in order to validate the findings.

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