Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Baires, Natalia

Second Advisor

Boydston, Paige

Third Advisor

Hurtado-Parrado, Camilo


Behavioral skills training (BST) has continuously demonstrated to be an effective means of training others in new skills and techniques. A limitation of BST, however, is that it requires extensive time and a professional trainer. Currently, there is a lack of literature comparing BST to alternative and effective training methods that require less resources, such as written directions and video modeling. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine which training modality (i.e., behavior skills training, written directions, or video modeling) was most effective at increasing staff members' correct implementation of applied behavior analysis procedures, specifically forward chaining, shaping, discrete trial training, at a therapeutic day school. Using a multiple baseline across participants design, the percentage of correct implementation was monitored when participants were exposed to BST, written directions, and video modeling. Results suggested that BST was the most effective training method, however written directions and video modeling also lead to increases in the percentages of correct implementation. Implications, limitations, and areas for future research are discussed.




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