Richard May’s master's thesis involved the development and evaluation of a visual-prompting board designed to aid instructors in the delivery of discrete trial instruction. This research was published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Richard also contributed to a project examining the evidence base for relational frame theory, which was published in The Behavior Analyst. His Ph.D. dissertation concerned a synthesis of verbal behavior analysis and derived relational responding. Specifically, he undertook an analysis of the conditions under which generative verbal behavior occurs in children with and without autism, with the aim of contributing to the body of behavior analytic research on establishing emergent verbal repertoires. Using advances in touchscreen technology and portable computing, he also developed an augmentative communication device based on the relational completion procedure, which not only functions as a communication tool, but also has utility for teaching and testing emergent verbal behavior.
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