Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Williams-Awodeha, Natalie


One of the many challenges that teachers face is disruptive behavior in their classrooms. Schools continue to implement school-wide behavior modification and management systems such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, and the Zones of Regulation to reduce those behaviors. Schools could benefit from critical examination of evidence-based practices, such as positive behavior support, analysis of the functions of behaviors, and incorporation of social and emotional components to help reduce disruptive behaviors in the classroom. One evidence-based, school-wide approach has shown promise in all of these categories. Accept Identify Move (AIM) is a relatively new social emotional curriculum. The purpose of this study is to determine if the AIM curriculum is effective in decreasing problem behaviors that have been resistant to change through more traditional approaches. It also explores participants psychological flexibility scores with the use of this social emotional curriculum. A changing criterion design was used to measure the effect of AIM on participants’ behavior in a special education resource classroom setting.




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