Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dixon, Mark


The current study evaluated the efficacy of a set of procedures described in the PEAK Relational Training System’s Generalization Module in teaching three skills to two 3-year old boys with autism. The three skills taught were tacting sensory feelings, tact collateral responses, and tacting then asking for reinforcing items for each participant. These skills were not only trained but also generalization probes were conducted throughout the study. The results suggested that the procedures were effective in not only direct training participants to label sensory feelings, emotions, and reinforcing items, but also promoted the untrained emergence of novel skills through generalization.




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