Date of Award
Master of Science
Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Many children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder have difficulties identifying and labeling feelings and emotions of others. Three adolescent males all diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder participated in this study. In a multi-element design, the participants were trained to tact private events of others in context using novel video-based scenarios. Two of the three participants were able to increase and maintain their responding for all trained and derived relations, as well as a transformation of stimulus function task. The third participant required multiple exemplar training to novel stimuli to increase his responding for all the video-based scenarios. The results of the study support the utility of relational training for teaching children with autism to identify private events of others in context.
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