Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Winter 2018

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Applied Behavior Analysis

Committee Chair

Sadie Lovett

Second Committee Member

Richard Marsicano

Third Committee Member

Sara Bender


Teachers are required to be a part of behavioral assessments for children in special education classrooms. Most teachers lack the tools needed to specifically address each child’s individual need appropriately. To assist with this, a brief functional analysis was taught to teachers using behavioral skill training. Using written instructions, role-play, modeling and immediate feedback each of the teachers were taught how to conduct a brief functional analysis. While conducting this, the teachers were able to learn how to identify which function of behavior was providing enough reinforcement to maintain the challenging behaviors. Behavioral skills training was conducted with the experimenter and the generalization portion was conducted with a child from the classroom. Once the challenging behavior was identified, immediate feedback was provided and examples given. A multiple probe design across teachers was used to compare their performance from beginning of the study to the end during generalization.