Date of Graduation

Fall 2021

Degree

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Michael Clayton

Keywords

joint attention, scripts, script-fading, auditory scripts, behavioral reversals

Subject Categories

Applied Behavior Analysis

Abstract

The current study extended previous research through evaluating if a multiple-probe procedure including auditory scripts and script-fading procedures could build a generalized repertoire of initiating bids for joint attention in three young children with autism. Stimuli were selected from four categories. Three categories were associated with teaching procedures and within-category generalization. The fourth category was associated with across-category generalization. The four categories were (a) visually alluring toys, (b) strangely placed objects, (c) large pictures, and (d) sounds. Category assignments in which teaching procedures or generalization were assessed were counterbalanced across the participants. Three different auditory scripts were selected and used during intervention for each of stimuli associated with teaching, which taught response generalization. All three participants learned to initiate bids for joint attention. After scripts were faded, bids for joint attention were maintained and generalized to novel stimuli and settings.

Copyright

© Erica Jordan Rackers

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