Using Performance Analysis to Increase Staff Compliance with Acquisition Programs for Children with Autism
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Richard W. Malott
Dr. Sebastien Bosch
Dr. John Austin
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Improvement in the rate of learning on acquisition programs for individuals diagnosed with autism often depends on the quality of instruction delivered by direct-care staff The present study evaluated the effectiveness of a performance analysis on targeting environmental variables that were maintaining less than optimal staff performance for a least-to-most prompting procedure used to teach a hand-washing task to preschool children diagnosed with autism. Direct observations of technician/child dyads were followed by informant interviews with technicians, supervisors, and other key staff members that pinpointed variables that were maintaining/hindering staff compliance with a prompting procedure designed to promote child acquisition of a hand-washing task. An intervention package, consisting of antecedents that included a job-aid and additional training on the prompting procedure, resulted in substantial increases in staff performance on teaching the hand-washing task. Indices of child performance, including percentage of steps performed independently and on-task performance during the activity, showed modest improvements.
Traynor, Scott, "Using Performance Analysis to Increase Staff Compliance with Acquisition Programs for Children with Autism" (2001). Masters Theses. 4690.