Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 400–405 | Cite as

Teaching Children with Autism to Identify Private Events of Others in Context

  • Ayla M. Schmick
  • Caleb R. Stanley
  • Mark R. DixonEmail author
Brief Practice


Many children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder have difficulties identifying and labeling emotions of others. Three adolescent males all diagnosed with ASD participated in the study. In a multi-element design, the participants were trained to tact private events of others in context using novel video-based scenarios. Two of the three participants were able to increase and maintain their responding for all trained, derived, and transformation of stimulus function relations. The third participant required multiple-exemplar training of novel stimuli to increase his responding for all the video-based scenarios. The results of the study support the utility of relational training for teaching children with autism to identify private events of others in context.


Autism PEAK-T Private events in context Multiple-exemplar training 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ayla M. Schmick
    • 1
  • Caleb R. Stanley
    • 1
  • Mark R. Dixon
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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