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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type



Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Eric Rudrud

Second Advisor

Kimberly Schulz

Third Advisor

John Hotz

Keywords and Subject Headings

Establishing behavior chains as staff training


Behavior chains are widely used for individuals with developmental disabilities and chaining has been successfully applied to establish a variety of skills for individuals with developmentally disabilities (Hagopian, Paclawskyj, & Contrucci Kuhn, 2005). Contrary to wide application of behavior chains with individuals with developmental disabilities, little application has been researched in areas of staff training. One exception was the van den Pol, Reid, and Fuqua (1983) study that demonstrated the effectiveness of establishing behavior chains of three task analyses in a peer training model. The present study examined the effectiveness of behavior chains as a staff training technique and compared that technique with more traditional staff training approaches.



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