Date of Award

12-1-2014

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF JACQUELINE BRIDGET GILLIAM, for the Master of Science degree in BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND THERAPY presented on October 26, 2014, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: IMPLEMENTATION OF PEAK RELATIONAL TRAINING SYSTEM FOR ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Mark R. Dixon The first experiment sought to determine if a relationship did exist between two empirical assessment tools, the Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (ICAP) and the Promoting the Emergence of Advanced knowledge (PEAK) Relational Training System when assessing adults with developmental disabilities. The ICAP is tool that offers a service score for levels of support needed to adequately support the individual and is also used to determine rate determination for services. The tool does not offer suggestions for programming or teaching the individual skills in which they are lacking. The PEAK Relational Training System does offer an assessment and programming to train skills that an individual is unable to complete. The second experiment sought to determine if adults with developmental disabilities could learn new skills by using the PEAK Relational Training System. Assessments were conducted with 20 individuals with developmental disabilities and a relationship between the two assessment tools was found. Additionally, three individuals with disabilities were trained skills from nine programs in the PEAK Relational Training System and evidence of learning was shown in eight of the nine programs.

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