Date of Award

8-1-2015

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Rehabilitation

First Advisor

Ringdahl, Joel

Abstract

Study 1 examined the usefulness of a BST package to teach conversation skills and job interview skills to young adults with developmental disabilities. Performance was scored in terms of percent of steps correct, according to task analyses. The BST package included instructions, modeling, rehearsal, feedback, and reinforcement. The skills were paired with either a high magnitude of reinforcement or a low magnitude of reinforcement. Study 2 assessed the effects of these different magnitudes of reinforcement on the persistence of the social skills. Results of Study 2 are described in terms of percent of steps correct and also proportion to baseline.

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