Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Co-Major Professor

Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Kwang-Sun Blair, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Rasha Rida Baruni, MS, BCBA-D


pills, Behavioral skills training, tangible reinforcer, doll house


Dangerous stimuli such as medication bottles are found every day in a typical household. It is vital to teach children safety skills that will provide them the tools necessary to respond appropriately to these stimuli. This study evaluated the use of small-scale training to teach poison safety skills to children with autism spectrum disorder. One child 4 years-old was taught safety skills using behavior skills training with a miniature model of their home, and dolls to represent an adult and themselves. In situ assessments were conducted in the home of the participant to determine if target behaviors are met when medicine bottles are present in the natural environment. The results demonstrated that small-scale simulation was not effective in teaching poison safety skills. When small-scale was not effective, mastery criterion was met utilizing in situ training. Keywords: Autism, Poison, Safety, Small-scale simulation, Behavioral skills training, In situ