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Florida Atlantic University

Lisa Finn, Palm Beach County
Whispering Pines Elementary School
CARD Staff: Elisa Cruz-Torres

Lisa Finn is an ESE teacher for students with autism at Whispering Pines Elementary School in Boca Raton, FL. With certification in ESE K-12, Elementary Education K-6, and an autism endorsement, this is Lisa’s fourth year of teaching in Palm Beach County. Lisa is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education and is currently working toward a master’s degree in ESE with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also completing her supervision hours for board certification in behavior analysis. Lisa is originally from Michigan and came to Florida on an athletic diving scholarship.

Proposed Project:

“Using Assistive Technology to Teach Self-Monitoring Skills”

This project focuses on teaching students to self-monitor targeted behaviors through the use of a vibrating watch prompting device called WatchMinder. When set to an appropriate interval, the watch vibrates, prompting the student to use a self-monitoring checklist tailored to his/her specific needs. Some behaviors targeted through this program include remaining on-task, staying in an assigned area, completing tasks within a given time period, and increasing accuracy during independent work.


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This product was developed by the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism, a project funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.
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