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George, Suja M.; Soemali, Tamara – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
Teaching toilet training skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be challenging. Many techniques use Azrin and Foxx's Rapid Toilet Training method (RTT). However, some children with ASD find the first RTT step of entering the bathroom or restroom to be challenging due to the relatively loud sound of the toilet flushing. Although…
Descriptors: Toilet Training, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Hygiene
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Feathers, Karen H.; Schadler, Deborah E. – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
This mixed-methods study analyzed data collected from a higher education pilot program intended to foster preparation for greater independence with students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Pearson's Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI) (Frisch, 1994) was administered to five program participants with high functioning intellectual disabilities…
Descriptors: College Students, Students with Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Transitional Programs
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Clavenna-Deane, Beth; Pearson, Mary; Hansen, Blake – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a social communication intervention for improving the social skills and employability of four adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A multiple baseline across participants design was used to investigate the effectiveness of social communication skill development on equitable exchange in social…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills
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Robinson, Jason; Mueller, Tracy Gershwin – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates parents' participation as a necessary component of providing an appropriate education to students with disabilities. Despite these guidelines, parents report challenges with joining and contributing to the individualized education program (IEP) team as equal and valuable educational…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Individualized Transition Plans, Students with Disabilities, Intellectual Disability
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Dube, Heather; Sarette, Sarah – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
Providing the support that children need to build cognitive skills (i.e. working memory and processing speed) has come to the forefront for special educators today. This study investigated how fourth-grade students within an experimental classroom (N=14) and special education students within a small group setting (N=9) improved their working…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Short Term Memory, Child Development, Special Education
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Weiss, Margaret P.; Rodgers, Wendy – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
Co-teaching is a widely-used service delivery model to support students with disabilities in accessing the general curriculum in the United States. The pairing of a special educator and general educator is meant to produce substantively different instruction than when the general educator teaches alone. Research into these instructional…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Students with Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education Teachers
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Hinton, Vanessa; Gibbs, Anna; Franklin, Toni – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
Children with cognitive delays or developmental disabilities are at elevated risk of having a persistent mathematics disability. Students who have difficulty in mathematics display trouble with awareness of numbers and numeric concepts. This is alarming because students who display lower mathematics performance early on in school make smaller…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Inclusion, Direct Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Ramos, Noe; Lowdermilk, John – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
ADHD refers to a diagnostic category applied to children exhibiting inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Approximately 1.2 to 2 million children are currently diagnosed with ADHD, making ADHD is considered to be the most common child psychiatric diagnosis in the United States. Public schools are constantly faced with the…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Students with Disabilities, Cultural Differences, Minority Group Students
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Weston, Regan; Davis, Tonya; Hodges, Abby – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
Rapport between educators and students has been suggested as an important factor contributing to an effective educational setting. Rapport can be difficult to measure due to idiosyncratic characteristics; however, challenging behavior exhibited by an individual has been used to determine whether two individuals share a quality relationship.…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Student Reaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Students with Disabilities
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Whitley, Samuel F. – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2020
Childhood psychopathology is a large and concerning problem within the school setting. High prevalence rates of childhood psychopathology and resulting poor student outcomes reiterates the need for school service personnel to possess a basic understanding of the major therapeutic approaches to mollifying the difficulties presented by students.…
Descriptors: Psychopathology, Intervention, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems
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Walker, Allison R.; Brophy-Dick, Alicia – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2019
Research has shown that there are consistently poor post-school outcomes for students with disabilities, especially for students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Therefore, it is important for educators to develop culturally responsive transition plans for youth from CLD backgrounds that address their needs.…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Planning, Students with Disabilities, Cultural Relevance
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Allen, Ryan A.; Hanchon, Timothy; Bornancin, Bradley – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2019
Determining eligibility for the special education category Emotional Disturbance (ED) is a challenging task. The difficulty in identifying students with ED is due, in part, to problematic federal criteria (Olympia et al., 2004; Skiba, Grizzle, & Minke, 1994). Unchanges since 1975, these criteria have created an environment in which…
Descriptors: Projective Measures, Emotional Disturbances, School Psychologists, Diagnostic Tests
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Park, Meungguk; Chitiyo, Morgan; Huh, Changdeog; Zeleke, Waganesh – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2019
This study examined the extent to which six antecedent variables influenced college students' attitudes towards autism. A comprehensive literature review and factor analysis identified the six perceived antecedents, including "learning and volunteer experience," "family/friends with autism," "parental role,"…
Descriptors: College Students, Children, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Autism
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Wall, Natalie G.; Ivey, Julie; Frederick, Karen – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2019
The study examines the effectiveness of the iPad application "AutisMate" in promoting the modeling of social communication and social interaction skills in a 12 year-old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The study uses a single-subject, embedded, case study design. It calls attention to the use of assistive technology in school…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Computer Software, Handheld Devices
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Kern, Laura; George, Heather Peshak; Evanovich, Lauren L.; Martinez, Stephanie – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2019
The Supreme Court case of "Endrew F. v. Douglas County District RE"-1 (2017) has renewed interest in the Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) mandate of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The court's ruling expands the term "appropriate" to a consideration of progress for academics and behavior. This shift…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
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