The effects of intensive tact training on the emission of tacts across settings

Thesis (M.S.) California State University, Los Angeles, 2012

Autism, Tacts, Verbal Behavior

A non-concurrent multiple baseline design across three participants was used to evaluate the effects of an intensive tact training procedure on the emission of tacts across settings. Participants included three boys, all diagnosed with autism, ranging in age from 3.5 years to 7 years. Experimental procedures involved the use of intensive tact training in which participants received 100 learning units daily, in different parts of their homes. The stimuli used during training were pictures of five different categories (i.e., musical instruments, transportation, office supplies, food, and animals) divided into three different sets. The primary dependent variable in the study was the number of tacts emitted in three different settings following mastery of the different sets of stimuli used during training. Results indicated that intensive tact training was effective for two of three participants in increasing the number of tacts emitted across settings.

Committee members: Daniel Shabani, Hank Schlinger, Michele Wallace, Senqi Hu