Master of Science (M.S.)
Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Sarah Bloom, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Catia Cividini-Motta, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D
discrete trial training, emotion tacting, generalization, in-situ evaluation
Children with autism can be disadvantaged socially by their difficulty recognizing emotions in others. This purpose of this study was to teach a 6-year-old child with ASD and emotion recognition deficits how to recognize the emotions of others via photos of facial expressions. A multiple baseline across emotions design was used. Photos of a variety of people were used to promote generalization and prompting, positive reinforcement, and error-correction procedures were implemented. The study effectively taught the participant to identify emotions based on photos of faces. The study also evaluated if learning to tact emotions via photos would generalize to in situ. The in-situ probes revealed that the skill did not generalize to correctly tacting the emotions of a volunteer based on facial expression in situ. In-situ training or discrimination training may be needed to promote generalization of this skill to the natural environment.
Scholar Commons Citation
Crouch, Kayla, "Teaching a Child to Tact Emotions and Evaluating In Situ Generalization" (2022). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.