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Sheehey, Patricia H.; Wells, Jenny C.; Ogata, Veronica F. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
This investigation explored the interactions between paraeducators and the culturally and linguistically diverse families of their students with disabilities. Paraeducators (n = 117) attending a statewide professional development event responded to a questionnaire designed to explore their interactions with diverse parents and families. Results…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Teaching Experience, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Family School Relationship
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Garwood, Justin D.; Werts, Margaret G.; Varghese, Cheryl; Gosey, Leanne – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
The researchers of this study used a mixed-methods approach to understand issues of rural special education teacher burnout. Results of survey responses (n = 64) and follow-up focus group interviews (n = 12) from rural special education teachers indicated several factors contributing to stress and burnout. Teachers noted that lack of clarity in…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Special Education Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Role
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Cooper, Justin T.; Whitney, Todd; Lingo, Amy S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects of immediately prompting a general education teacher to increase her rate of Opportunities to Respond (OTR) through bug-in-ear technology on the academic engagement of a first-grade student with emotional and behavior disorders (EBD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Classroom Techniques, Affective Behavior, Behavior Disorders
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Burke, Meghan M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Latino students and their families are the fastest growing minority group in the country, yet it is unclear whether rural (vs. urban) Latino families of students with disabilities have different needs. In this pilot study, 65 Latino family members of students with disabilities (15 rural; 50 urban) responded to a questionnaire about empowerment,…
Descriptors: Empowerment, Hispanic American Students, Rural Areas, Urban Areas
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Leigers, Kelly; Kleinert, Harold L.; Carter, Erik W. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Students with severe disabilities often experience limited social participation and few friendships at school. We describe a project to equip school teams to implement peer support arrangements and peer networks focused on friendships, inclusion, and learning. We adopted a phenomenological qualitative approach to learn how participants viewed…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Friendship, Social Support Groups, Inclusion
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Lowman, J. Joneen; Kleinert, Harold L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Little information exists regarding the statewide adoption of telepractice, the delivery of speech-language services at a distance through telecommunications, for addressing the documented shortage of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in rural communities. A statewide survey of directors of special education revealed that only two school…
Descriptors: Speech Language Pathology, Adoption (Ideas), Telecommunications, Rural Areas
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Chai, Zhen – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
This study evaluated the effectiveness of using a researcher-developed iPad app with a 0- to 5-s constant time delay procedure to improve phonological awareness skills of young children with mild developmental delays in a small-group arrangement in a rural public elementary school in Southwest United States. The study was conducted using a…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Reading Skills, Reading Improvement, Young Children
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Young-Pelton, Cheryl A.; Dotson, Tyler D. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Procedures derived from the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) have extensive research support for use with students with disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and emotional and behavioral disorders. These procedures should be implemented within the parameters of professional and ethical guidelines to…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Disabilities, Ethics, Rural Schools
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Vasquez, Eleazar, III; Marino, Matthew T.; Donehower, Claire; Koch, Aaron – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Functional analysis (FA) is an assessment procedure involving the systematic manipulation of an individual's environment to determine why a target behavior is occurring. An analog FA provides practitioners the opportunity to manipulate variables in a controlled environment and formulate a hypothesis for the function of a behavior. In previous…
Descriptors: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Virtual Classrooms, Intervention, Training
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McKissick, Bethany R.; Diegelmann, Karen M.; Parker, Sarah – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Providing high-quality special education services in rural settings has a variety of challenges such as geographic isolation and a lack of resources. One particularly challenging aspect of rural special education is providing general curriculum access. Computer-assisted instruction is one way to provide high-quality specialized instruction that…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Autism, Access to Education
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Pennington, Robert C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Developing high-quality programming for students with moderate to severe disability (MSD) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be challenging for teachers across the range of experience and training including those in rural contexts. This article outlines a process for the iterative refinement of teaching programs comprised of an evaluation…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Program Improvement, Rural Schools, Moderate Intellectual Disability
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Cummings, Katrina P.; Hardin, Belinda J.; Meadan, Hedda – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Understanding the contexts in which young children develop is essential for promoting positive outcomes. In this study, the researchers used focus groups to investigate the perspectives of 14 parents across rural North Carolina concerning ecocultural features that enhanced or prevented sustained engagement with their infants and toddlers with…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Parent Attitudes, Rural Areas, Infants
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Barrio, Brenda L.; Hollingshead, Aleksandra – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
The literature reveals that paraprofessionals are responsible for supporting students at risk of/with disabilities in a variety of academic and nonacademic tasks, yet they often lack appropriate training. Recent studies demonstrated the effectiveness of training for paraprofessionals to support students with disabilities in a meaningful way. In…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Special Education, Disabilities, Professional Development
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Doody, Kathy Ralabate; Patti, Angela L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) often have difficulty demonstrating appropriate communication, social skills, behavior, and sensory responses; thus, it can be challenging for families, particularly those in rural areas, to find suitable community-based opportunities. The Au-some Evenings program was developed at a local children's…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Museums
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Mason, Linda H.; Cramer, Anne Mong; Garwood, Justin D.; Varghese, Cheryl; Hamm, Jill; Murray, Allen – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
A workshop with virtual consultation practice-based professional development model for self-regulated strategy development persuasive writing instruction was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. Nineteen general education teachers and 564 Grade 5 and 6 students in 16 low-wealth rural schools participated. Following training, teachers…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Writing Instruction, Disabilities, Rural Schools
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