Date Approved

5-7-1997

Embargo Period

8-25-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Autistic children--Education; Children with mental disabilities--Behavior modification

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide information to support that, through the use of behavioral intervention techniques, especially the use of positive reinforcement, teachers can help to improve the academic success of the child with autism. The purpose of this current study is to view two unique groups of subjects. Subjects for this design consisted of twelve (12) preschool-aged students from the Gloucester County Special Services School District. The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups. The first group would receive reinforcement for their behaviors and the second group would not. It was hypothesized for this study that students who received reinforcement for their behaviors would show less maladaptive hitting behaviors and better times on task in the classroom. Results from this study support the hypotheses.

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