Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

John Lutzker

First Committee Member

Martin T. Gipson

Second Committee Member

John H. Mabry


The effectiveness of a training procedure designed to teach developmentally disabled children to play by themselves was examined. In addition, the influence of the frequency of probing was investigated. Baseline data showed low levels of self-amusement. The generalization training procedure produced moderate increases in self-amusement when probes were conducted frequently. The same treatment procedure produced higher levels of self-amusement when probes were conducted intermittantly. Some strategies for more successfully programming self-amusement are suggested.





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