Date of Award

Summer 2010

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

D. Joe Olmi

Committee Chair Department

Psychology

Committee Member 2

Brad Dufrene

Committee Member 2 Department

Psychology

Committee Member 3

Daniel Tingstrom

Committee Member 3 Department

Psychology

Abstract

The present study investigated the sequential introduction of a compliance training package based on the Compliance Training for Children (CTC) Model developed in the School Psychology Program at The University of Southern Mississippi. Participants were three deaf students in the classroom setting who were referred by their teachers for exhibiting noncompliance. The teachers in this study were also deaf. A nonconcurrent multiple baseline across participants design was used to assess the effectiveness of Effective Instruction Delivery (EID), EID with contingent praise for compliance, and EID with contingent praise for compliance and time-out contingent on noncompliance. One participant reached 100% compliance with the introduction of EID alone. The other two participants reached 100% compliance with the introduction of EID plus contingent praise and time-out, although time-out was never implemented. Findings indicate that the use of these compliance training procedures may be applied to individuals with hearing impairments or deafness to increase compliance. Potential limi tations and directions for future research are discussed.

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