ERIC Number: ED232358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
I.G.B.: An Educational Treatment Design for the Autistic Child and Adolescent.
Durant, Sherri Lynn
The Individually Guided Behavior (IGB) concept was designed to help autistic children and adolescents structure their time and increase independence in work skills activities. The approach is also designed to reduce specificity of performance output, helping the child or adolescent to rely on environmental rather than teacher initiated cues for responding. Workjobs, one of three program components, features behavior training based on vocational activities that may be encountered in sheltered workshop settings (such as collating, sorting/folding, and simple counting). Bucket work is another behavior training segment in which students work on independent or nearly independent vocational, fine motor, language, self help, daily living, or cognitive tasks. Another component of the IGB design is a station set up in which students engage in a variety of one on one, small group, or independent tasks. During an IGB component, students function for 15 to 30 minutes with no teacher cueing or intervention. Two reinforcer systems are implemented to enhance right to left progression, delay of payoff for performance, and responsibility for payoff. A symbol system using stick figures was designed as an alternative to teacher cueing, and is employed in books providing assignments and directions to students. (Sample pages are included.) (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Individually Guided Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Severely Handicapped (9th, Denver, CO, November 4-6, 1982).