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This thesis report is a summary of a two semester project under Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Senior Honors Thesis Program and the Expeditions grant, which aims to help the understanding of the flow of information and levels of communication of caregivers associated with a classroom for 4-7 year old children with special needs, behavior problems and/ or diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), enrolled in an Alternative School Placement (ASP) at Programs for Living, Education and Advocacy (PLEA), Pittsburgh.

Through a series of in-class observations and interviews with the educators, it seeks to advance insight into the frequency and value of communication between the educators, parents and other involved caregivers of the children.

The information gained will be utilized to inform the development of processes and technology in the future, which can assist these caregivers in their ability to provide for the children.


Advisor: Anind Dey

Department of Information Systems