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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

Dr. Michele Traub

Second Advisor

Dr. Odessa Luna

Third Advisor

Dr. Ben Witts

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Keywords and Subject Headings

Applied behavior analysis; Autism; Feedback; Tact; ABA; Language



There is limited research that has evaluated familial language acquisition in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using instructive feedback (IF). There are many challenges that children with ASD face as most of them have skill deficits in the area of social interaction and communication. As most of the applied behavior analysis services are only provided in English in the United States, Language skills are mainly taught in English and English only. In regards to bilingual familial in need of services, the skill deficits found in children with ASD might be further exacerbated due to the lack of services provided in their familial languages or familial language learning. Thus, the purpose of the study is to examine the effects of IF used in tact training on the emergence of untrained relations between English and familial languages. Participants were taught to label the pictures in either English or familial language and IF was delivered to provide information in the other language. The result revealed that using IF, both participants were able to demonstrate multiple untrained relations. Participants tacted the picture accurately in the languages that were embedded in IF. Furthermore, participants gained receptive skills and transitivity relations (i.e., translating between languages without pictures). The results support the use of IF with tact training when teaching language targets to be a time-sufficient and cost-effective teaching strategy.



I would like to acknowledge and extend my gratitude to my thesis advisor, Dr. Michele Traub for her continuous support during my thesis project. Her patience, feedback, and expertise. helped make this thesis project possible.

A special thanks to my co-worker Shawanna Tiffany Smith for her generosity and willingness to be the therapist and translator for the study.



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