Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Neil D. Kent

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan Poling

Third Advisor

Dr. Jack Michael

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study assessed the direct and transferred effects of a training package consisting of written rules, modeling, role playing, and vocal verbal feedback on the behavior management skills of three paraprofessional staff and evaluated the resulting impact o f these techniques on the maladaptive behaviors of severely multiply impaired adults. A multiple baseline across three instructional situation types (a transition period in which staff were not assigned to a particular pupil, a group instructional session in which one staff was assigned to three pupils, and an individual instructional session in which each staff was assigned to one pupil) was utilized. The rate of self-stimulatory behavior of three multiply impaired pupils was measured simultaneously to evaluate the effectiveness of the behavior management techniques. The results demonstrated that the behavior management techniques, when applied consistently, resulted in substantial reduction in the rate of self-stimulation for each of the three multiply impaired pupils.

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