Date of Award

5-2016

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

First Advisor

Alisa Lowrey, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Abstract

This study explored the interplay of stereotypical behaviors and social skills interventions in a clinical environment when stereotypy was not the focus of the interventions. A case study design was implemented to observe two participants that exhibited stereotypical and repetitive behaviors (SRBs) as well as the interventions that influenced these SRBs. Findings demonstrated prompting, positive reinforcement, and response interruption/redirection had a positive impact on shaping some SRBs but, as SRBs were not the focus of the interventions, other SRBs developed.

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