Title page for ETD etd-11152007-171346

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dahir, Amanda M.
Author's Email Address amanda_dahir@hotmail.com
URN etd-11152007-171346
Title In Search of the Optimal Cueing Schedule in Self-Monitoring of Attention with Typically Developing Children
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
George Noell Committee Chair
Frank Gresham Committee Member
Kristin Gansle Committee Member
  • motivaider
  • regular education student
  • tactile cueing
Date of Defense 2007-09-21
Availability unrestricted
Self-Monitoring of Attention (SMA) is a behavioral technique in which an individual assesses whether or not a target behavior (e.g. off-task behavior) has occurred and then records the result. In this study, two components were manipulated in a SMA procedure: the use of a tactile prompt and the schedule at which prompts are delivered. While SMA is a well-established intervention for increasing on-task behavior and decreasing problem behavior, standardizing the procedures has received little to no research. The current study examined the length of the cueing interval and compared different percentages of an individual's inter response time (IRT) (50% IRT, 100% IRT, and 200% IRT) during a SMA procedure with typically developing children using a tactile cueing prompt (via MotivAiderô). This study showed that basing the cueing interval on IRT alone in a SMA procedure was not effective in decreasing levels of off-task behavior; however, contingent rewards (CR) alone (M = 9.9%), as well as CR with IRT cueing (M = 8.6%) had a significant effect in reducing off-task behavior from a mean baseline percentage of intervals of 42.5% for all three participants.
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