Date Approved

5-6-1998

Embargo Period

8-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Autistic children--Education; Behavioral assessment of children; Children with mental disabilities--Education (Preschool)

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the kinds of behaviors that were displayed in school and at home by autistic and PDD children of pre-school age. A group of twenty children were selected for this study. The children's parents and teachers answered questionnaires regarding different types of behavior exhibited by the children at different times. T-tests were conducted to compare the total amount of autistic type behaviors shown in the home environment versus in the school setting. The sub-tests of the questionnaire were also analyzed using t-tests. A significant difference was found between the overall amount of typical autistic behaviors expressed at home as compared to those seen in school. The results also indicate that there was a significant difference between home and school behaviors of the autistic and PDD children in each of the four sub-tests of the questionnaire.

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