Term

Fall 11-12-2015

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Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Pam Telleen

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Ann Mabbott

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Leigh Ann Daniels

Abstract

This research project reports on questionnaire survey answers that Special Education (SPED) educators, English as second language (ESL) educators, and a speech language pathologist (SLP) currently working in the classroom, on school campuses, and private practices, gave as being a part of this study. Their answers sought to uncover gaps in the environment that might lead to unsuccessful execution of a cross-educational learning environment for the English language learner (ELL) with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD); highlights encompass where the educators felt gaps existed and where these gaps could be bridged for a better, more successful learning outcome. This project looked into the environment that these children currently face in the public school setting, how SPED and ESL educators currently work within the confines of their specific specialties to accommodate these students, and how the best cross-educational learning atmosphere can be attained by which these ELLs with an ASD can have the best chance at real learning for achieving success.

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