Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Mignard, Michael


Children labeled with Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD), as defined by the educational system, have behavioral factors that impact their educational success in school. Research suggests that social skills instruction, mindfulness training, and positive behavior supports promoted behavioral changes. Research indicated that promoting pro-social skills and using teaching consequences result in a reduction of out-of-school suspension rates. Following a literature review, a teaching intervention was constructed and implemented for students identified with EBD in a secondary setting. The interventions included social skills instruction, mindfulness, and positive attention training. The intervention results indicated a reduction in negative behaviors and reduced suspension rates in all participants with EBD.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis