Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Special Education and Rehabilitation

Committee Chair(s)

Sarah Bloom


Sarah Bloom


Noncompliance to teacher directions is an issue in nearly every early childhood classroom. It is necessary for young children to comply with directions so that teachers may assess their knowledge and their progress in the curriculum. Three preschool aged children (N = 3) with developmental delays participated in this study. The high probability command procedure was used with two children and was shown to be successful at increasing compliance. The third child did not show an increase in compliance when the high probability command procedure was used, nor did compliance increase when precision commands (escape extinction) were paired with the high probability command procedure. Positive reinforcement in the form of access to a preferred item finally increased compliance for the final participant. These findings suggest that the high probability command procedure may be an effective behavioral technique for increasing compliance in some children.


This work made publicly available electronically on December 19, 2012.