Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2013

Document Type



Psychology & Neuroscience

First Advisor

John Agnew, Ph.D.


In clinical settings, caregivers often report that medically related visits are often longer and more difficult for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A preliminary study conducted by Dr. Robin Gabriels and Dr. John Agnew, indicated that picture schedules can reduce aberrant behaviors during a medical exam (R. Gabriels et al., 2013). The present project assessed whether a picture schedule reinforcement book can help reduce the stress experienced by children with ASD and diabetes during their routine blood draw. The Aberrant Behavior Checklist Community (ABC-C) was used to measure the subject’s irritability and stereotypic behaviors. The subjects displayed reduced irritability and stereotypic behaviors during the blood draw. The subjects also had a lower cooperation scale in the treatment blood draw than in their previous baseline blood draw. The limitation of this study was the low sample size (n=2) and comparing ABC-C scores that asked parents to scores behavior for different amount of time.