Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2018

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Applied Behavior Analysis

Committee Chair

Sadie Lovett

Second Committee Member

Richard Marsicano

Third Committee Member

Claire Barnes

Abstract

Activity schedules are commonly used with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The primary advantage of activity schedules is that they help the learner complete tasks independently. One child with autism, who was familiar with using pictorial activity schedules, participated in this study. This study was done to examine the use of a conditional discrimination procedure for helping children with autism transfer from the use of a pictorial activity schedule to the use of a textual activity schedule. The participant was exposed to a conditional discrimination training procedure before being tested for the ability to follow a textual activity schedule. The percentage of correct responses while using the textual activity schedule was the primary dependent measure in this study. The secondary dependent measure in this study was the percentage of correct responses on tests for emergent relations (i.e., stimulus equivalence) and the number of trials necessary to meet criterion during training. After the conditional discrimination training, the participant followed the textual activity schedule for all three sets of stimuli. He also matched the pictures to the printed words and the printed words to the pictures without any direct training.

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