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.
|Commitee:||O'Connor, Karen, Baillie, Sara|
|School:||Trinity Christian College|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/10(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Special education, Education|
|Keywords:||Autism, Problem behaviors|
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