Modifying the Physical Environment to Reduce Disruptive Behavior and Increase Academic Engagement in Classrooms with Students who have a Hearing Loss
AuthorGuardino, Caroline A.
AdvisorAntia, Shirin D.
Committee ChairAntia, Shirin D.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractResearchers have studied the effects of modifying the physical environment in classrooms with high levels of disruptive behaviors in the general education setting. This study incorporates modifications used by previous researchers yet in a residential school with students who have a hearing loss. The results of the study show a functional relationship between the physical environment and levels of disruptive behavior and academic engagement. The present study confirmed that by modifying the classroom environment to minimize visual and auditory distractions, disruptive behaviors decreased and academic engagement increased with students who have a hearing loss. A multiple baseline across settings design was used to examine the efficacy of the intervention in three classrooms. Social validity ratings by the teachers indicated high acceptability of the intervention. Limitations and implications for future research are discussed.
Degree ProgramSpecial Education