Date of Award

8-1-2015

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Ringdahl, Joel

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of parent delivered non-contingent reinforcement (NCR) on decreasing throwing behavior exhibited by a young child with autism. During the pretreatment phase of the experiment the participant went a functional analysis to determine the target behavior of throwing. Baseline data was collected followed by the intervention phase. During the intervention phase, the non-contingent reinforcement (NCR) procedures were conducted. Attention was given to the participant on a fixed-time schedule and was influenced based on the participant’s behavior. The schedule of reinforcement was slowly increase with the decrease or lack of throwing attempts. Furthermore, this study aimed to determine whether parent delivered fixed-time schedules of non-contingent reinforcement decrease the non-preferred activities of throwing objects.

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