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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Benjamin Witts

Creative Commons License

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

Keywords and Subject Headings

behavioral skills training, in situ training, safety skills, medicine, chemical cleaners, sharp objects


Previous literature has examined the use of behavioral skills training (BST) and in situ training (IST) to teach safety skills; however, very little research has investigated this training across several hazard classes. This study investigated the effectiveness of BST and IST used to teach safety skills. Initial assessments were completed with three unique stimuli within three distinct hazard classes (i.e., nine stimuli): sharp objects, medication containers, and cleaners. Assessments revealed training was necessary for children to demonstrate safety skills. Assessments completed after training occurred demonstrated that IST was a necessary component for participants to engage in all three safety skills taught within the training. Furthermore, individual differences between participants were demonstrated through the number of sessions in which skill demonstration occurred.



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