Date of Graduation

Spring 2021


Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis



Committee Chair

Michael Clayton


People who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty with identifying and interpreting emotions and coordinating their facial expressions. This defiency extends to both their own emotions and expressions as well as those of other people. Understanding emotions is important in developing social behaviors such as sharing or empathy. However, researchers have found that emotion recognition training, video modeling, and other procedures have helped children with autism build these skills. Previous research demonstrated a method for teaching the identification of private events of others in context using stimulus equivalence and transformation of stimulus function procedures. The current case study addressed two of the limitations found in previous research by including younger children with more limited verbal skills and testing for generalization to novel stimuli and real-life situations. Results demonstrated an increase in correct responding and some generalization to novel stimuli.


PEAK, autism, emotions, private events, Applied Behavior Analysis, facial expressions

Subject Categories

Applied Behavior Analysis


© Ashlee Holderby

Open Access