Date of Award

12-2020

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.

Department

Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

College

School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kimberly Schulze

Second Advisor

Benjamin Witts

Third Advisor

Michele Traub

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

food selectivity, flexible shaping, ABA, modeling

Abstract

Food selectivity and other mealtime problems are common in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Food selectivity can interrupt appropriate development and lead to disruptive behaviors and familial stress. Escape extinction, a common intervention, can lead to more undesirable behaviors, more health concerns, and fails to teach independent eating skills. This study aimed to treat food selectivity in 2 children diagnosed with ASD by modeling and shaping independent initiations (i.e., tolerating, interacting, tasting, and eating) to food items. A nonconcurrent multiple baseline across participants design evaluated the effects of the intervention while measuring the participant’s affect throughout the mealtimes. The results indicated that this approach increased food-related responses and provided a positive mealtime experience for both participants.

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