Date of Award

Spring 4-26-2017

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science

Department

Health Professions

Committee Member(s)

April Michele Williams, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Sarah Slocum Freeman, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Stephanie Kincaid, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Abstract

Among the many behavioral coaching techniques available, acoustical guidance has been found to be highly effective in enhancing the athletic skills involved in a variety of sports (e.g. football, golf, dance, yoga, judo). TAGteach is a procedure in which a clicker is used to deliver immediate acoustical guidance to train a new skill or enhance a skill already in the subject’s repertoire (TAGteach International, 2012). The current study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of TAGteach in developing and/or enhancing the pitching skills of novice-to-advanced fastpitch softball pitchers. Results demonstrated an improvement in accuracy across skill sets for each subject’s selected pitch. Improved performance also generalized from the training setting to the game setting.

Rights Holder

Breanna Sniffen

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