Award Date

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Special Education

Advisor 1

Susan P. Miller, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

John W. Filler

Second Committee Member

Kristin L. Sayeski

Graduate Faculty Representative

S. Kathleen Krach

Number of Pages

146

Abstract

Positive behavior support (PBS) involves applying individualized approaches to appropriate behaviors and reducing problem behaviors in a way that produces long-lasting improvements in a person's lifestyle. To date little research is available on the effects of the PBS process on challenging behavior in the home environment. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of collaborative parent-professional PBS team training on challenging behaviors of children with autism. Two parent-professional teams along with two focus individuals participated in this study. The parent and professional attended one, seven-hour day training. Home observations, one-hour in length, were conducted four times per week following the team training. The effects of the team training intervention were assessed using a multiple baseline across behaviors design. Results indicated that the PBS team training was effective for decreasing challenging behaviors of children with autism.

Keywords

Autism; Behavior modifications; Challenging behaviors; Collaborative; Home environment; Parent training; Positive behavior support (PBS); Professional

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Language

English


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