Date of Award

5-1-2018

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Jowett Hirst, Erica

Abstract

The present investigation compared the effects of self-feeding versus caregiver-feeding on increasing bite acceptance and decreasing problem behavior in the treatment of food selectivity. Participants included three children diagnosed with ASD who ate limited amounts of healthy foods. A multielement and reversal design was used to compare self-feeding and caregiver-feeding. Results of the present study are discussed in regard to the effects of self-feeding versus caregiver-feeding during implementation of noncontingent reinforcement, differential reinforcement of alternative behavior, escape extinction, and combinations of these procedures.

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