The Effects of Behavioral Skills Training to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder How to Respond to Bullying
College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Science in Psychological Science (MSPS)
NACO controlled Corporate Body
University of North Florida. Department of Psychology
Dr. Angela Mann
Dr. Catherine Simms
Dr. Paul Argott
Dr. Lori Lange
Dr. George Rainbolt
The literature on bullying among school-aged children is widespread, with more than half of children on the autism spectrum having reported experiencing some form of bullying in the last year. For this reason, the primary goal of this study was to introduce a two-week long intervention to teach six middle-school aged children with autism how to recognize and appropriately respond to bullying. The intervention used behavioral skills training that is complimentary to Bandura’s social learning theory. Six middle school-aged participants, one girl and five boys, were taught to recognize bullying situations using comic strip vignettes, and how to respond to bullies using Borba’s CALM procedure (take a deep breath, stand up straight, look your bully in the eye, and verbalize a statement such as “Leave me alone,” or “Stop that, I don’t like it.”). At post-test, one participant was able to describe how to respond to bullying, and all six participants responded correctly to a confederate “bully” during generalization probe, suggesting that a short intervention can successfully teach children on the spectrum to respond to bullying. Further implications and limitations of current findings are discussed, as are ideas about future research in the area of bullying.
Kazee, Carissa Lyn, "The Effects of Behavioral Skills Training to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder How to Respond to Bullying" (2020). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 990.