Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard


Social-emotional learning is an essential part of everyday learning for students in the classroom. Providing students with evidence-based social-emotional learning practices, such as Social Stories, increases student academics and behavior. Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have characteristics that interfere with social-emotional development. ASD students need support and teaching from adults to be successful. As students with autism grow older, it is necessary for teachers to help them understand and cope with their emotions. Research shows that Social Stories positively impact communication and prosocial behavior for students with ASD, while decreasing challenging behaviors. Social Stories teach ASD students in a supportive way, provide positive feedback, and protect their self-esteem. Social Stories are designed for individual specific behaviors that interfere with school success.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis