Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 67–71 | Cite as

Evaluating the Ability of the PBS Children’s Show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to Teach Skills to Two Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Wesley H. DotsonEmail author
  • Eric E Rasmussen
  • Autumn Shafer
  • Malinda Colwell
  • Rebecca L. Densley
  • Adam T. Brewer
  • Marisol C. Alonzo
  • Laura A. Martinez
Brief Practice


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a children’s television show incorporating many elements of video modeling, an intervention that can teach skills to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This study evaluated the impact of watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes on the accurate performance of trying new foods and stopping play politely with two five-year-old children with ASD. Both children showed improved performance of skills only following exposure to episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, suggesting that watching episodes can help children with ASD learn specific skills.


Autism Eating Television Transitioning Video 


Compliance with Ethical Standards


This study was not externally funded.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants 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 the legal guardians of all individual participants included in the study.


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wesley H. Dotson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eric E Rasmussen
    • 2
  • Autumn Shafer
    • 3
  • Malinda Colwell
    • 4
  • Rebecca L. Densley
    • 2
  • Adam T. Brewer
    • 5
  • Marisol C. Alonzo
    • 5
  • Laura A. Martinez
    • 5
  1. 1.Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research & Department of Educational Psychology & LeadershipTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  2. 2.College of Media & CommunicationTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  3. 3.School of Journalism and CommunicationUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  4. 4.Human Development and Family StudiesTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  5. 5.Burkhart Center for Autism Education and ResearchTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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