Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Sarah Bloom, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Catia Cividini-Motta, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

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.