Date of Award

Fall 12-19-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ximena Suarez-Sousa

Keywords

early childhood, early intervention, parent follow-through, digital resources, paper resources

Abstract

The purpose of this research study is to determine whether paper resources or digital resources are more effective at eliciting follow-through by parents in between Early Intervention home visiting sessions within Freshwater Education District’s service area. Specifically, the study surveys families that have reliable access to internet as well as looking at differences in the responses based on age of the respondents. The study is structured using a succession of surveys; the first has the participants review the paper resource and the second has the participants review the digital resource. Separate surveys were completed by the home visitor and the caregiver then compared to analyze the effectiveness of the resource. The surveys were presented during the session following the delivery of the resource to the caregiver. The data collected on the small sample group of participants indicated digital resources were more effective in creating caregiver change in the areas of development targeted by the home visitor.

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