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Preferred Name

Leslie Brittain

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Trevor Stokes

Daniel D. Holt

Bryan Saville


Autism Spectrum Disorders impacts one in every 68 children, costing the United States between $11.5 billion to $60.9 billion per year. Among the multiple impairments that Autism causes, behavioral deficits are at the forefront of the disability and require intensive interventions such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) in order to manage. If a direct and intensive intervention is not put into place, problem behaviors can impact the individual both socially and academically. Behavior technicians, parents, and classroom assistants can all be trained as therapists and can provide services under supervision that provide significant gains in a client’s behavioral functioning. Therapists currently may not be trained in the most efficient and effective way for dealing with problem behaviors. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of coaching therapists on general behavior analytic management strategies so that the therapist’s skill acquisition will lead to a positive interaction style that decreases problem behaviors and increases positive interactions and compliance in client’s with autism.