Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


This literature review focuses on finding research-supported techniques regarding interventions for children with Down syndrome who display challenging behaviors that interfere with academic and social aspects of their lives. The goal of this review is to discover currently available research focused on behaviors of children, students and young adults with Down syndrome and the interventions used to reduce challenging behaviors to help them be successful. This literature review focused on discovering interventions that address behaviors that are most prevalent in those with Down syndrome. Many questions are answered in this literature review about the factors that support behavior changes in students with Down syndrome. These include questions regarding Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA), which behavioral functions are most prevalent in children and adults with Down syndrome along with the long-term effects and the effectiveness of an FBA to identify the factors that address the challenging behaviors of students. This information will help special education teachers and caregivers understand the importance of addressing and teaching skills that help reduce or eliminate undesirable behaviors in children and young adults with Down syndrome.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis