Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Micheal Mignard;


Elopement is a concerning behavior among autistic children. This thesis focused on evidence-based strategies and interventions used to treat elopement for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Response blocking occurs immediately after a child elopes to protect them, but is not an effective intervention (Call et al., 2011, and Marle et al., 2020). Research data utilized Functional Behavior Assessments to determine the function of elopement and focused on strategies that decreased or eliminated elopement behavior (Kamlowsky et al., 2021, and Stockall et al., 2015). Studies were limited due to small sample sizes (Call et al., 2017, and Scheithauer et al., 2020). The information gained from this research was synthesized to create a systematic process for a special education team to identify, document, and address eloping behaviors.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis