Spring 2016

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Reducing stereotypy is the goal of many interventions for students with autism. Ideally, the interventions are not intrusive and inexpensive. Three adolescent males diagnosed with autism were recruited based on their levels of stereotypy and lack of success with other interventions. The current study used an alternating treatment embedded within an ABAB design to look at the use of visual and auditory cues in attempt to alter stereotypical behaviors. The first treatment included verbal reprimands paired with the visual cue of a red card and presented contingent on stereotypy. In the second treatment, a green card was shown and there were no social consequences for stereotypy. For all participants, stereotypy was decreased in the red card condition. The results offer a more socially acceptable intervention to stereotypy that can easily be implemented across settings, including vocational placements.