Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2020

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science


Health Professions

Committee Member(s)

Kara Wunderlich

Michele Williams

Amanda Walker

Supervising Faculty Member

Kara Wunderlich


Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be less likely to generalize newly learned responses. Lack in generalized responding from one setting to another setting could be because of the presence or absence of specific stimuli. Identifying the stimuli that are influencing the response is critical when teaching safety skills to children with ASD. This study assessed the functional relation between stimuli and response. The experimenters extended the methodology used by Halle and Holt (1991) to identify the controlling stimuli for an identification response to community helpers in various locations. The stimulus parameters that were assessed during the current study were the requester, setting, and the question wording. The methodology adapted from Halle and Holt (1991) was effectively used to assess the controlling stimuli for the target responses. During baseline, all the participants showed 100% correct responding when asked by the therapist the specified question in the typical therapeutic setting. However, each participant responded differentially to the novel antecedent stimuli presented.

Rights Holder

Andrea Giraldo