Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science

Committee Member(s)

Michele Williams

Stephanie Kincaid

Jacob Tonna

Supervising Faculty Member

Michele Williams


Given that instructional demands can become aversive with children with ASD, pairing is an effective tool used to decrease problematic behaviors. Previous research has evaluated the effect of antecedent manipulations strategies such as pre-session pairing. Pairing the therapist and teaching environment with highly preferred items can decrease problematic behaviors during instruction. Pre-session pairing and instructional fading might aid in not only decreasing those behaviors but increasing overall responding. Two participants with ASD and ADHD were included in the following study. These participants progressed through 8 stages of pairing and instructional fading. Problem behavior decreased from baseline for both participants in the post-pairing stages

Rights Holder

Claudia Aguayo