The Use of Accept-Identify-Move: A Behavior Analytic Curriculum for Social-Emotional Development in Children to Increase Psychological Flexibility

Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


School Psychology

First Advisor

Pratt, Jamie

Second Advisor

Steege, Mark;

Third Advisor

Labbe-Poisson, Kimberly


PsyD; Behavior analytics; Social-emotional development; Psychological flexibility


The purpose this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Accept-Identify-Move (AIM; Dixon & Paliliunas, 2018) curriculum for increasing psychological flexibility. This study offered the first direct examination of the implementation of the AIM curriculum with students with disabilities who engage in challenging behavior, and it supplemented indirect measures with direct behavior recording to evaluate outcomes using single-case research design methodologies. Findings provided partial support for the effectiveness of the AIM curriculum and suggested the importance of integrating functional reinforcement and systematically programming for generalization to enhance treatment effects.