Document Type


Date of Degree

Fall 2018

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Teaching and Learning

First Advisor

Datchuk, Shawn

First Committee Member

Groves, Suzanne Woods

Second Committee Member

Ehly, Stewart

Third Committee Member

Foley-Nicpon, Megan

Fourth Committee Member

Carson, Rori


Difficulty with many aspects of social interactions is a defining characteristic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Video modeling (VM) has successfully improved a range of social skills for individuals with ASD in previous studies, but most often with simple social skills with young children. The current study used VMs scripted and recorded by peers to improve complex conversation and social gestures by a young adult with ASD. A multiple-probe, across-behaviors design found mixed evidence of experimental control of VM on the social behaviors of the individual with ASD, although all behaviors increased from baseline and generalized to other settings and conversants. Peer comparison data from the conversation partner suggest that the VM may have served to prompt the peer to guide and extend conversation as modeled in the VMs and that the conversation skills of the peer also improved throughout the study. Implications of the important role peers may play to enhance VM and improve social skills are explored.


Adolescence, Austism, Conversation, Peer Mediation, Video Modeling


x, 128 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 112-128).


Copyright © 2018 Rebecca Marie Hawbaker