Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Lennette J. Ivy

Relational Format



Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disorder that impacts millions of people worldwide on a daily basis. While most adults with autism have received, and continue to receive, the proper assistance in engaging in everyday life, children with autism face more challenges that impacts their engagement socially. Many intervention methods have been researched and implemented to assist in communication and social involvement for children with ASD. However, little research exists on helping young children with ASD effectively transition, both academically and socially, from one educational environment to another. This research will contain a case study of a six-year-old child enrolled in the Hearing Impaired Language and Literacy Preschool Laboratory (HILL) class in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. The child is in the process of transitioning from the HILL preschool class to a public, elementary school setting, so this research will assess the daily activities and routines of the child within the HILL class, focusing primarily on how an alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) device helps to minimize outbursts from the child; the methods used to help the child transition to an elementary school program, and the daily activities and routines of the child within the elementary education program.

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