Date of Award
Master of Science
Applied Behavior Analysis
Dr. Jacob Daar
Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often lack perspective taking skills as evidenced by deficits in social communication and social interaction. The PEAK-T program Deictic: Single-Reversal I and You has previously been utilized to teach and establish singular I-YOU perspective taking repertoires in children with ASD, however no such studies exist for teaching plural WE-THEY perspective taking repertoires. The present study replicated the methods from a previous study (Belisle et al., 2016) to establish simple and single-reversal I-YOU deictic relations, and extended the evaluation to establish simple and single-reversal WE-THEY deictic relations. Of the four participants in this study, one participant was able to demonstrate single-reversal I-YOU and WE-THEY deictic relations. Additionally, this participant was able to demonstrate a transfer of function of these deictic relations to a novel stimulus set. Three of the four participants were unable to demonstrate mastery criteria for both I-YOU and WE-THEY single-reversal deictic relations, even after exposure to mixed training. These results indicate that some children with ASD could benefit from deictic relational training instruction through transfer of functions from I-YOU relations to WE-THEY relations, but others may require additional training and/or prerequisite skills.
Cox, Mitchell, "Teaching Perspective Taking Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2022). All NMU Master's Theses. 721.
Justification for Restricting Access
Thesis was accepted conditionally upon minor revisions