Date of Graduation

Spring 2017


Master of Science in Education in Special Education


Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education

Committee Chair

Linda Garrison-Kane


autism, on-task behavior, self-monitoring, i-connect, high school students

Subject Categories

Special Education and Teaching


Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often demonstrate behaviors that impair their school experiences. Therefore, the implementation of research-based strategies that will foster success for students with ASD is critical. Moreover, individuals with ASD experience greater challenges transitioning from high school to post-secondary opportunities, including higher education, employment, and independent living. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a web-based program designed to increase student engagement and academic gains through the use of the I-Connect self-monitoring application installed on a mobile device in a high school setting. An ABAB withdrawal design was employed with two high school students diagnosed with ASD to evaluate the effectiveness of the I-Connect self-monitoring system on their on-task behaviors and academic performance. In the results of this intervention, Participant One increased his on-task behaviors from 47% to 100% and academic accuracy from 20% to 98%. Participant Two increased his on-task behaviors from 47% to 94% and academic accuracy from 51% to 73%.


© Sara K. Romans

Open Access