Author(s)

Caitlin Peluszak

Date Approved

8-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S Jay

Subject(s)

Learning disabled children--Behavior modification

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine which type of social intervention is more efficient when comparing Video Modeling and Social Stories when attempting to decrease inappropriate social behaviors. Two children were chosen because they both displayed inappropriate mouth noises at various points throughout their time in the self contained classroom. Three baseline data collection periods were held and alternated with two intervention periods. A personalized peer modeling video and a personalized Social Story with photographs of the child was made for each child. These interventions were shown the children across separate five-day periods at a decreasing frequency, and data of the rate of occurrence of the target behavior was collected. While both methods of interventions decreased the target behavior, Video Modeling proved to be more efficient when aiming to decrease inappropriate social behaviors.

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