Date Approved

5-6-1996

Embargo Period

9-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley

Subject(s)

Attention-deficit-disordered children--Behavior modification

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to compare the effectiveness of a response cost approach and a traditional approach to behavior modification. The subject is a seven year old boy diagnosed with characteristics of ADD. Baseline data was collected for five consecutive school days Three behaviors were targeted. Intervention consisted of six weeks of traditional behavior modification involving an individual sticker chart when filled earning computer time followed by six weeks of response cost involving the removal of chips for negative behaviors. Remaining chips could be exchanged far computer time at the end of each day.

The results of this study indicate consistent behavior modification approaches are effective in reducing negative classroom behaviors. The response cost approach appears to be slightly more effective than traditional approaches on this subject.

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