Graduate Annual


Verbal protest due to work being perceived as challenging and unexpected schedule changes was identified as a problem for a student in an Autistic Support classroom. Baseline data was taken on the number of instances of verbal protest observed throughout the school day. Research studies were examined to determine a variety of behavioral approaches that have been used and the effectiveness of self-monitoring tools in decreasing behaviors. A self-monitoring tool called a Self and Match was chosen to be implemented during the intervention period. Quantitative data was collected using partial-interval data collection throughout the day in 5-minute intervals. Qualitative data in the form of written observations in narrative form was collected weekly. Through analyzing the results, it was determined that the use of the chosen self-monitoring tool was effective in decreasing instances of verbal protest for this student with autism.