Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Kelly Kohler

Second Advisor

Richard Malott

Third Advisor

Hannah Betz


Autism, matching, technology, picture-to-picture matching, prompting


Kids with autism tend to have a difficult time with one-to-one correspondence matching. Matching-to-sample is the process of pairing an identical stimulus to its corresponding stimulus, for example, matching a physical object to its corresponding picture. This is an important skill because it is the first step in teaching individuals with developmental delays visual discrimination skills and generalization of matching. The use of technology is beneficial because it helps with attending in instructional learning. Technology is also becoming more advanced and is being used more in classrooms. The purpose of this study was to teach matching-to-sample using a tablet. There were two participants for this study. Both participants were 3 years of age and were selected due to their difficulty with matching using the typical classroom procedure. Researchers taught the skill a different way, using a tablet and using individualized prompting specific to each participant to test whether using a tablet was a more effective way to teach matching than typical procedures. The intervention consisted of placing a tablet screen in front of the participant. The tablet displayed an array of items with the target item above the array by itself as well as in the array. Researchers probed generalized matching for one of the participants. Overall the intervention was successful. One participant mastered the procedure, and unfortunately, the other participant left in the middle of the study.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access