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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation




Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling

First Advisor

Dr. Melinda Jones Ault

Second Advisor

Dr. Margaret E. Bausch


An important part of quality of life for people with moderate and severe intellectual disability (MSD) is being involved in community activities, including participation in faith communities. There is a need for meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities in faith communities beyond physical presence. Although it has been recommended that evidence-based strategies, such as video modeling (VM) be used to increase the meaningful inclusion of people with ID in faith communities, there is a lack of empirical studies using evidence-based practices to teach the skills necessary for participation in community activities. The purpose of this dissertation was to examine the use of an evidence-based practice (i.e., VM) in teaching people with ID to participate in a community activity. This study consisted of a multiple probe across behaviors design to analyze the effect of the VM and a system of least prompts (SLP) on participation in faith communities for persons with ID. The experimental design was replicated across participants and settings in different faith communities. The data indicated that VM and SLP were effective in increasing the number of steps in a task analysis completed by each participant. Additionally, each participant demonstrated maintenance and generalization of learned behaviors.

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