Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Terry Overton

Second Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Fielding

Third Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Brickman


The purposed study examined the changes in positive and negative social interactions based on parent implementation and non-implementation in the Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR) program designed for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Nine participants were randomly selected and assigned to a DIR treatment group and a control group. The study was conducted over an eight week period. Overall, the statistical analysis of the implementation of the DIR program at home did not yield a significant change in positive social interaction skills. However, the parent's perspective of their children's social skills, as demonstrated through the parent questionnaire and through the debriefing session, indicated there were some positive changes in their child's social interaction skills.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American