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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Created: 2007

Date Issued: 2007

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: pdf

Extent: 158 p.

Language(s): English

Abstract/Description: Preparing people with disabilities for employment is an important task. Many ofthese individuals have difficulty learning and performing new tasks without support orguidance. There are many accessible interventions that can increase the learning andperformance of individuals with disabilities, including positive instructional, literacybased behavior interventions.A social story (Gray, 2000) is one example of a literacy-based behavioralintervention that has been effective for teaching social skills. This type of interventiontypically has been used with children with autism. Several studies have used social storiesto decrease disruptive behavior or teach self-help skills such as using a napkin or handwashing. Very few of the studies have examined the effects of a social story intervention for individuals with disabilities not on the autism spectrum (Sansosti & Powell-Smith,2004).The present study was designed to examine the effects of social stories to improvethe job skills of employees with developmental disabilities. Two experiments wereconducted. In the first experiment a multiple baseline across subjects was employed toexamine the potential of the intervention on employees' requests for materials andsupplies, and any resulting improvements in their work engagement. The secondexperiment employed a multiple baseline across time periods, with an embedded ABABdesign to assess whether the intervention would increase independence and improve on-timereturn-to-work. The results showed that employees with developmental disabilitiesmade substantial improvements in employment skills as a result of the social storyintervention, and similar improvements were observed in co-workers as well.

Identifier: FA00000655 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2007.

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00000655

Restrictions on Access: All rights reserved by the source institution

Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Bucholz, Jessica L. , author Brady, Michael P. Dr., Thesis advisor College of Education, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A33522



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