Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

John R. Lutzker

First Committee Member

Douglas W. Matheson

Second Committee Member

Timothy C. Blackburn


A differential reinforcement procedure was investigated as a means for transferring stimulus control from physical guidance to verbal instructions in the training of instruction-following behavior.· An eight year old, severely retarded female was trained to respond to nonsense verbal prompts which, through training, had become discriminative stimuli for (a) "clap your hands", (b) "raise your hand", and (c) "tap the table". The use of differential reinforcement of singular and paired verbal/ physical prompt components increased the response rates to levels above the 80% criterion level. Training of these responses was accomplished across behaviors in a multiple baseline format.



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