Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


Social skills instruction (SSI) is an area of high need for students with Autism-Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The SSI of secondary-aged ASD students is unique given that the law mandates transition (after high school) goals in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) at the age of 14 in Minnesota, and specialized services end upon graduation. For students to meet their goals and to be prepared for the end of services, SSI needs to incorporate skills and develop abilities that will be necessary in daily activities after graduation. Six areas of application were identified: address transition needs early, to include employment skills, to include student input, to encourage student-created videos for skill demonstration, to include ASD students in peer-groups, and that social skills are as important as academic skills.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis