Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 331–334 | Cite as

Evaluating Behavioral Skills Training to Teach Basic Computer Skills to a Young Adult with Autism

  • Layla A. SumpEmail author
  • Breanna C. Mottau
  • Linda A. LeBlanc
Research Article


The current study evaluated the effects of behavioral skills training (BST) on acquisition of basic computer skills using Microsoft Word®, Microsoft Excel®, and Microsoft PowerPoint® by a 15-year-old male diagnosed with autism. A concurrent multiple-baseline design across computer programs (i.e., Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint®) was used to evaluate the effects of BST on the acquisition of basic computer skills. BST was successful in teaching the participant to learn basic functions in each of the three programs, and he was able to use the programs to complete schoolwork independently following completion of the study.


Autism Behavioral skills training Computer skills Job readiness Microsoft excel Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft word Vocational skills 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors of this manuscript declare no conflict of interest regarding this manuscript.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from the participant’s parents and assent was obtained from the participant.


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trumpet Behavioral HealthSan BrunoUSA
  2. 2.Trumpet Behavioral HealthLakewoodUSA

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