Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Behavioral Analysis

First Advisor

Catherine A. Nicholson

Second Advisor

A. Celeste Harvey

Third Advisor

Barbara Paulillo

Fourth Advisor

David A. Wilder


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder lack appropriate play skills. To provide quality care to these children, practitioners who work with these children should be versed in how to play. The researchers for the current study used a multiple baseline design across stimulus sets. A pre-experimental assessment, naturalistic generalization probe, and a toy generalization probe were conducted prior to baseline. The baseline phase demonstrated the participant’s performance in playing with a confederate researcher. Task clarification represented the participant’s performance in playing with a confederate researcher after a verbal prompt to play more. The researchers implemented video modeling to increase the frequency of participants’ play behaviors and vocalizations during play. Results were not robust and the researchers discuss implications, limitations, and future directions for further research. Post-test probes included a naturalistic generalization probe, toy generalization probe, and 6 week maintenance probe.


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