Defense Date


Graduation Date

Spring 5-7-2021


Immediate Access

Submission Type


Degree Name



Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education


School of Education

Committee Chair

Ann X. Huang

Committee Member

Elizabeth McCallum

Committee Member

Bridget Green


Autism, parent training, mand, behavioral skills training, Asian, China


Asian population is proportionally the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States and Asian parents often hold different opinions on family functioning and childrearing. However, there has been no research conducted to examine how to best train parents from Asian immigrant backgrounds to teach manding to their children with autism at home. A behavioral skills training (BST) package was utilized to teach three Asian parents to train their children with autism aged between 6-12 to mand for preferred items. A multiple-baseline-across-participants design was used to evaluate the effects of parent training on parent participants’ implementation of mand training task analysis and the effects of the parent-delivered training on the acquisition of mands of their children with autism. All three parent participants demonstrated significant improvement in their task analysis implementation from zero to low percentage of accuracy in baseline phases to 100% accuracy in intervention phases following the parent training. All three child participants emitted low levels of unprompted mands including two children demonstrating none in baseline phases. After receiving mand training from their parents, all three children demonstrated an increase in their use of unprompted mands. Two of them reached 100% and acquired two and four mands respectively. The three parent-child dyads demonstrated different levels of maintenance and generalization of the skills acquired. Implications of the findings and characteristics of supporting Asian immigrants with children with autism are discussed.