Advisory Committee Chair
Robin P Ennis
Advisory Committee Members
Lois M Christensen
Date of Award
Degree Name by School
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) School of Education
This study examined the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on the presence of disruptive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder in the early childhood inclusion classroom. Students with emotional dysregulation are not equipped with the ability to manage their own behavior. This often leads to major disruptions in the general education setting, interfering with the student’s learning and the learning of others. An ABAB single-case research design was conducted on four students with autism between the ages of five and eight to determine the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on their disruptive behavior patterns. The researcher adapted a mindfulness-based intervention comprised of structured breathing, mindful movement activities, and statements of positive affirmation for use during this six-week study. Data were collected in the classroom after participating in the intervention and during baseline phases to determine if there is a causal relationship between the intervention and disruptive behavior. Using visual analysis, the researcher concluded that there is a functional relation between participation in a mindfulness-based intervention and the rate of disruptive behavior.
Lee, Erica, "Using a Mindfulness-Based Intervention with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Decrease Disruptive Behavior in the Early Childhood Inclusion Classroom" (2020). All ETDs from UAB. 838.