Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 435–439 | Cite as

Teaching an Adult With Autism Spectrum Disorder to Use an Activity Schedule During a Vocational Beekeeping Task

  • Jessica Sances
  • Jessica Day-WatkinsEmail author
  • James E. Connell
Brief Practice


Recent federal legislation passed supports investment in sustainable green jobs. Beekeeping is one type of sustainable vocation. Activity schedules have shown effectiveness in increasing the independence of children with autism engaged in various tasks. This study investigated the effects of a treatment package consisting of an activity schedule plus contingent reinforcement on increasing the number of steps completed independently by an adult with autism employed at an apiary. The data demonstrate that the treatment package led to a higher percentage of steps completed correctly.


Vocational training Activity schedules Autism Green jobs 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Jessica Sances declares that she has no conflict of interest. Jessica Day-Watkins declares that she has no conflict of interest. James E. Connell declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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 all individual participants included in the study.


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AJ Drexel Autism InstituteDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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