Date Capstone Completed

8-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Educational Leadership

Department

Leadership Education - Graduate Studies

Advisor

Steven Baule

City

Austin

Abstract

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore para-educator perspectives on implementing social development strategies for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In the academic setting, students with ASD, receiving services through an individualized education plan (IEP), have the option to receive para-educator support.

Social development growth opportunities naturally occur throughout the school day, placing para-educators in situations where implementing social development support can enhance this growth. How do para-educators perceive this role as social development supporters? Do they feel equipped to implement social development support in the general education setting?

This study used a mixed methods design, through a survey. Systems thinking approaches were utilized to explore para-educator perspectives on the delivery of social development skills to students with autism spectrum disorder.

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