Graduate Student Dissertations, Theses, Capstones, and Portfolios

Date of Award


Document Type


Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Degree Program

Educational Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Jennie Trocchio

Second Advisor

Jennifer Lesh

Third Advisor

Mary Provost


This study investigates how professionals in the field perceive the usefulness of the Kase-Roberts Curriculum for Social Emotional Learning for Students with Autism. The study included 176 participants from divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children. Most of the participants had over 10 years of teaching experience (M= 13.42, SD= 1.6) which helped to increase the credibly of overall survey responses. Data was collected through a Likert scale online survey created by SurveyMonkeyTM and analysis of survey items were carried out. Results of the survey revealed that a total of 172 (98.29 %) participants are interested in the Kase-Roberts Curriculum and also showed that 7 (4.00%) of participants selected Disagree when asked, “I believe it is part of the teacher's job to teach children how to manage distress and other upsetting feelings”, indicating that the majority of educators perceive that it is the teachers responsibility to teach students how to manage distress and other upsetting feelings. The Kase-Roberts curriculum was developed to provide educators with a meaningful resource to address the social emotional needs of students with Autism while also meeting state standards for academic instruction in literacy.



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