Masters Thesis

How effective is the use of differential reinforcement and the token economy system in decreasing disruptive behaviors in elementary aged children with autism?

This study provides research on using differential reinforcement and the token economy system, simultaneously, to determine the effectiveness of using a combination of strategies to decrease disruptive behaviors in children with autism. Participants included two children in a special day class. They were chosen based on the frequency of their disruptive behaviors. Results of the study indicate using this particular combination of behavior interventions was effective in decreasing disruptive behaviors in the two participants. Limitations of the research implicate further studies using a larger population are needed, as well as researching other combinations of behavior intervention strategies, in efforts to educate and to assist educators in the classroom.

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