Preferred Name

Emma Oliver

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

ORCID

https://orcid.org/ 0000-0002-1909-9456

Date of Graduation

5-12-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Advisor(s)

Sara Snyder

Joshua Pulos

Laura Desportes

Abstract

Pictorial stimulus preference assessments are a valuable resource for practitioners to determine stimuli that may function as reinforcers to aid in possible behavior change plans or skill acquisition objectives. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of electronic pictorial stimulus preference assessments (EP-MSWO) compared to a tangible stimulus preference assessment (T-MSWO) for children. This study includes two participants, aged 2 and 9, and involved in in-home behavioral services. Participants reached level two of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) prior to the study being implemented. Participants were exposed to a pre-matching skills assessment prior to the start of this study. Then, an EP-MSWO and T-MSWO assessment, both with contingent access to selected stimuli. A reinforcer assessment was conducted to confirm the findings of the EP-MSWO and T-MSWO.

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