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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Jane Minnema

Second Advisor

Shannon Rader

Third Advisor

Marc Markell

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Video Self-Modeling (VSM) provides learning opportunities for young children with disabilities through technology by watching a 3-minute video clip of himself/herself successfully performing a desired behavior. In this study, a single case multiple-baseline design was used to determine the effectiveness of VSM in increasing social interactions specifically in the area of cooperative play in three young children ages 4 years old and 5 years old. The participants in the study receive Special Education Services under the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and Developmental and Cognitively Delayed (DCD) educational categorical labels and participate in a center-based classroom with non-typical peers. VSM enhanced overall play skills, appropriate play, and engagement in play activities. The relationship between educational labels and VSM effectiveness is discussed along with other factors that may influence VSM outcomes with young children with a variety of disabilities.


First and foremost, I want to thank my husband for his endless understanding, support, and love. Thank you for giving me strength and encouraging me to reach my goals. Thank you for the countless hours spent listening and discussing my research study.

I would like to thank my parents for their endless love, support, and encouragement through this process. They have always encouraged me to reach for the stars and to chase my dreams. Most importantly, thank you Mom and Dad for always believing in me.

I would like to sincerely thank my supervisor, Dr. Jane Minnema, for your confidence in me, support and guidance. I am thankful for the hours she spent editing and re-editing my work and providing me with insight and new ideas in my thesis work. Thank you for answering all of my questions and providing excellent feedback. I would also like to thank Marc Markell and Shannon Rader for serving as members of my committee and for your support, guidance, and for providing insight in my thesis work.



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