Author(s)

Helena Nieman

Date Approved

7-9-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Problem youth--Behavior modification;Tablet computers;Self-monitoring

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purposes of this study were to: a) examine the effects on self-monitoring using iPads for juvenile delinquents, b) increase appropriate behaviors and reduce verbal and physical aggression, and c) evaluate student satisfaction with the self-monitoring approach using iPads in behavior management. The participants included five African-American adjudicated males, aged 13, in a day treatment facility. They were instructed to self-monitor their behaviors using an iPad app to learn three appropriate behaviors including: 1) using appropriate language, 2) keeping hands to self, and 3) calming down when upset. A single subject design with ABAB phases was used for six weeks. A survey was given at the end to evaluate their satisfaction. Results showed that the use of iPads for self-monitoring yielded an increase in positive, non-aggressive behaviors. Students' responses in the survey revealed a 100% of satisfaction.

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