Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 483–490 | Cite as

Using PowerPoint 2016 to Create Individualized Matching to Sample Sessions

  • Carol CummingsEmail author
  • Kathryn J. Saunders
Technical and Tutorials


Discrete-trial-training procedures, particularly matching to sample (MTS), are often used to teach children with autism and/or intellectual disabilities. An example is touching a picture that corresponds to a spoken word. When conducted in a “tabletop” manner, the teacher must arrange several pictures on a table, provide the spoken word, and present response consequences, all while maintaining procedural integrity and collecting data. Using computer programs can greatly reduce the burden on practitioners, but many do not have the access, funding, or time to use complex and expensive software. This report serves as a guide to making MTS tasks that have many of the benefits of computerization using Microsoft® PowerPoint™ 2016, a program that many practitioners have basic knowledge of, and access to. Past papers have described the use of PowerPoint™ for whole classroom instruction. This report expands the use of PowerPoint™ to present individualized instruction that detects child responses and presents consequences based on those responses.


Discrete-trial training Matching to sample Computerized instruction PowerPoint 


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Conflict of Interest

Author Carol Cummings declares that he/she has no conflict of interest.

Author Kathryn J. Saunders declares that he/she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Behavioral Science, Dole Human Development Center Rm 4001University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Life Span Institute, Dole Human Development Center Rm 1052University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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