Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Poche

Second Advisor

Dr. Joetta Long

Third Advisor

Dr. Jack Michael

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The study compared the use of a removed component program to a concurrent training program in teaching toothbrushing skills to preschool children. The removed component program separated three response components from the terminal toothbrushing response and taught them separately out-of-the mouth before requiring them in the mouth. The concurrent training program required the three response components but did not train them separately in or out of the mouth. The removed component program taught the skills faster than or equal to the concurrent program, with a significantly higher percentage of correct responses.