Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education

First Advisor

Dr. Sally Shepley


In this study, a within-session analysis of the interview informed synthesized contingency analysis (IISCA) was conducted to determine if the function of challenging behavior could be determined within the first 5 min test session and the extent that results from the first 5 min test session aligned with results from the full IISCA. An alternating treatment design was used to evaluate differentiated rates of challenging behavior during a full IISCA and the within-session analysis for four clients in a clinic setting. Results indicated that contingencies maintaining challenging behavior could be identified within the first 5 min test session and align with the conclusions from the full IISCA some of the time.

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