Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Richard Malott

Second Advisor

Rachel Ferbezar


The goal of this project was to prepare children diagnosed with autism for the transition to group learning environments by teaching them to sit in their chair and attend while the teacher is at least five feet away. This is a skill that will help kids succeed when they make the transition from an early intervention program to a group learner environment because it allows the teacher to focus more on learning important skills. A proximity procedure was put in place for two children that focused on gradually increasing the distance between the tutor and the student with use of a prompter. In addition to the increased distance between the teacher and the child, the distance between the prompter and the child was also increased throughout the procedure. The goal was to implement this procedure before a child moves to a group learner environment so they can be more successful in that learning environment.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Alexandra-Ennis-ThesisOralPresentation(2016).pdf (350 kB)
Defense Presentation