Date of Award

5-1-2019

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

There is not a lot of evidence on therapists delivering applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions to children with autism. Three therapists working in a school clinic participated in this study focusing on their interactions while delivering ABA therapy. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was conducted on the three participants. The primary purpose of the study was to extend off previous research supporting the effectiveness of ACT in therapeutic settings. ACT was used to see if there were improvements in positive interactions among therapists and their interactions with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The results indicated that positive interactions and psychological flexibility increased across the three participants.

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