Master of Science (M.S.)
Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Kwang-Sun Cho Blair, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D
antecedent-based intervention, discrete trial training, presession paring
This report describes two case studies that used behavior analytic interventions to promote skill acquisition during structured instructional activities for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The first study examined the effects of presession pairing (PSP) implemented by a teacher in the natural classroom setting for a 6-year-old with ASD whose problem behavior was associated with gaining access to attention and escaping from task demands. Results showed PSP augmented with a visual cue resulted in increased on-task behavior and decreased disruptive behavior. The second study examined the use of discrete trial training (DTT) for a 16-year-old female adolescent with ASD in a clinical setting, who exhibited high rates of rigid behavior that interfered with her daily life. Results showed that using DTT, in particular, DTT with a joint vocal cue, was successful for teaching ‘keeping hands still’, a prerequisite learning skill, and simultaneously decreasing the individual’s rigid behavior.
Scholar Commons Citation
Comber, Taylor Marie, "Behavior Analytic Interventions for Promoting Skill Acquisition in Individuals with ASD: Two Case Studies" (2021). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.