Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Ximena Suarez-Sousa


Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Early Intervention (EI), Coaching Caregivers, Relationship-Based Approach to EI, Coaching Strategies EI


This research study investigated the use of coaching strategies to foster engagement and build the capacity of caregivers of very young children receiving early intervention services. This study was conducted as a result of concerns regarding low caregiver engagement and unanswered questions about acquisition of caregivers’ skills. Four participants were included in this study. The researcher collected qualitative and quantitative data to examine the impact of using a coaching model with caregiver-participants. Interview data, engagement ratings and a research journal were used to collect engagement and caregiver capacity data. As a result of data collection and analysis, the author reported that participants demonstrated an average engagement rating of 4.75 out of 5 by the end of the research period. Related to caregiver capacity, interview data evidenced skills indicative of improved self-efficacy. Finally, interview data evidenced circumstances in which caregivers, who like themselves were caring for very young children with special needs, were not connected to other caregivers.



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