Capstone/Dissertation Title

A curriculum designed to foster self-regulation in students with neurobiological impairments

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, how do I teach students with neurobiological impairments to self-regulate? The motivating factor for this capstone was the difficulties many special education students have in learning how to control their body and emotions. A curriculum was designed using the framework McTighe and Wiggins lay forth in their book, Understanding by Design. The curriculum introduces the concept of The Zones of Regulation to help students identify their level of arousal and utilize tools that will aid them in self-regulation. The Zones of Regulation curriculum provides learning activities and assessment to help students make learning meaningful and generalize self-regulation skills. The curriculum integrates best and promising practices for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder, as well as takes into account these students' learning styles.

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