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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examination of Long-term Data Collection and the Natural Variability of Problem Behaviors in a Child Diagnosed with Autism Prior to Planning and Implementing Antecedent Interventions
by Nigg-Rakis, Kristen, M.A., Trinity Christian College, 2020, 45; 27957390
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine long-term data collection and analyze the natural variability of problem behaviors in persons diagnosed with ASD, prior to implementing antecedent interventions. This study aimed to identify contextual factors that could be accounted for in the variability of problem behaviors for the participant, as well as identify the significance of understanding these contextual factors prior to creating and implementing an antecedent intervention. Upon further investigation of the baseline data, there were several contextual factors that implicated the participant. Results of this study suggested that without taking into consideration underlying contextual factors prior to implementing an antecedent intervention, the results could have yielded an inaccurate representation of treatment effectiveness. By identifying these key factors that play a role in the participant's daily classroom routine and controlling these confounding variables, although not necessarily feasible in some circumstances, could have potentially yielded a more stable baseline which would have resulted in an accurate representation of treatment effectiveness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boerman-Cornell, William
Commitee: O'Connor, Karen, Baillie, Sara
School: Trinity Christian College
Department: Special Education
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/10(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Special education, Education
Keywords: Autism, Problem behaviors
Publication Number: 27957390
ISBN: 9798641839349
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