Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
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Keywords and Subject Headings
cool versus not cool, discrimination, joint attention, modeling, role-playing, social communication
This study evaluated the implementation of the cool versus not cool procedure to teach sixteen children all diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder how to initiate or respond to bids for joint attention and how to increase social communication to their peers. The cool versus not cool procedure consisted of the teacher modeling the targeted social behaviors both the cool (i.e., appropriate) and not cool (i.e., inappropriate) way, having the participants discriminate if the model was cool or not cool, having the participants state reasons why the model was cool or not cool, and having the participants role-play the targeted social behavior. All instruction was provided in a group instructional format. Using a non-concurrent multiple baseline design across skills and participants the results showed that the cool versus not cool procedure was successful in most of the participants acquiring the two social behaviors and maintaining these behaviors after intervention had concluded.
Milne, Christine, "Teaching Joint Attention and Social Communication Using the Cool Versus Not Cool in a Large Group Setting" (2016). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 33.