Date of Award
Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science
Sarah Slocum Freeman PhD, BCBA-D
Kristyn Dawn McKenney
Stephanie Kincaid PhD, BCBA-D
Supervising Faculty Member
Dr. Sarah Slocum
Two to four subjects diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or related disabilities will undergo a functional analysis to ensure hand-clapping is maintained by automatic reinforcement. A secondary analysis (sensory analysis) will be conducted to assess different stimuli that are sensory-stimulating. Finally, a function-based noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) procedure using sensory stimuli will be applied to reduce the target behavior, and the schedule of reinforcement will be thinned. We expect a decrease in hand-clapping when the function-based treatment is implemented. This research will further elucidate how NCR can impact behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement.
Yatros, Nicolette, "Assessment and Treatment of Behavior Maintained by Automatic Reinforcement" (2018). Thesis Projects. 8.