Spring 2016

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Individuals with autism tend to have difficulties with understanding social skills and when used inappropriately, social skills can hinder an individual’s social network, employment, and have potential legal ramifications. Therefore, employing a research-based intervention such as social stories is crucial. Two adolescent students with autism were selected for this study due to inappropriate touching of their genitals. A multiple baseline across participants was used to measure the impact of the use of social stories on the participants’ inappropriate touching of their own genitals. The use of this inexpensive intervention was successful and immediate. Both participants decreased their display of inappropriate sexual behavior throughout the study. A functional relationship was demonstrated and replicated with no overlapping data. The current study indicates that social stories may be useful for decreasing inappropriate touching and other maladaptive behaviors.