As a university-based program, ASSERT serves as a research site for the
development and refinement of educational interventions for students with
ASSERT Research Lab 2007-08
From left to right: Alison Betz, Katie Harris, Tyra Sellers, Dr. Tom Higbee,
Shawnee Collins, Alice Keyl, Nicky Groskreutz, Mark Groskreutz
Recently Published ASSERT Research Studies (Click to download):
Betz, A.M., Higbee, T.S., & Pollard, J.S. (2010).
Promoting generalization of mands for information used by young children with autism.
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 501-508.
Waller, R.D. & Higbee, T.S. (2010).
The effects of function-based fixed-time reinforcement on inappropriate and appropriate classroom
behavior of students with mild cognitive disabilities.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 149-153.
Collins, S., Higbee, T.S., & Salzberg, C.L. (2009).
The effects of video modeling on staff implementation of a problem solving intervention with
adults with developmental disabilities.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 849-854.
Reagon, K.A. & Higbee, T.S. (2009).
Parent-implemented script fading to promote play-based verbal initiations in children with autism.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 659-664.
Betz, A., Higbee, T.S., & Reagon, K.A. (2008).
Using joint activity schedules to promote peer play in preschoolers with
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Endicott, K. & Higbee, T.S. (2007) Contriving establishing operations to
teach preschoolers with autism to mand for information.
Research in Autism
Spectrum Disorders, 1,
Reagon, K.A., Higbee, T.S., & Endicott, K. (2007).
Using video instruction
procedures with and without embedded text to teach object labeling to
preschoolers with autism: A preliminary investigation.
Journal of Special Education
Technology, 22, 13-20.
Reagon, K.A., Higbee, T.S., &
Endicott, K. (2006).
pretend play skills to a student with autism using video modeling with a
sibling as model and play partner.
Education and Treatment of Children,
S., Salzberg, C., Higbee, T., Menlove, R.
& Smith, J. (2006). Technology-mediated consultation to assist rural
students: A case study.
Rural Special Education Quarterly,
Higbee, T.S., Chang, S., & Endicott, K. (2005). Non-contingent access to
preferred sensory stimuli as a treatment for automatically reinforced
stereotypy. Behavioral Interventions,
Researchers at ASSERT are currently investigating the following topics:
identification for students with ASD
scripting and script fading
modeling and video-based instruction
The impact of
error-correction procedures on rates of learning
schedules to promote independence
integrity of behavioral interventions
decreasing vocal stereotypy
promoting spontaneous speech and question asking behavior