Date Approved

6-8-2009

Embargo Period

3-17-2016

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)

Developmentally disabled--Means of communication; Facilitated communication--New Jersey

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was an attempt to facilitate the communicative capabilities of a developmentally delayed child. Specifically, the target goal was to have the student mand (request) the word "juice." Aspects of four intervention techniques were implemented. The four techniques included; Easy Does it for Articulation : An Oral Motor Approach, Total Communication (TC), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and Verbal Behavior Analysis (VBA). The participant was a 7 year old developmentally delayed female student at a small school for special services in southern New Jersey. The study was conducted in five phases. Data was collected during the second (baseline) phase and the third (intervention) phase. The target goal was not accomplished however, it is felt that with more intervention sessions the student would have reached the target goal.

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