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ERIC Number: ED567324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 267
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-7825-4
Effects of PECS Phase III Application Training on Independent Mands in Young Children with Autism
Love, Jessica June
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of PECS phase III application training on independent mands in young children with autism. Participants were five children with autism ranging from ages 2 to 4 years old. A multiple baseline across participants was used to evaluate acquisition of independent correct mands across baseline and treatment conditions during training with the PECS Phase III iPad(TM) application. Data for Participant Four did not demonstrate experimental control directly, as he showed high levels of mands during baseline. The functional relationship for Participant One was questionable as she too likely learned to mand by contacting the contingency during baseline procedures. Participant Three successfully acquired all skills taught during training with the PECS Phase III iPad(TM) application and his data suggested experimental control. Two participants (Participant Two and Participant Five) were unable to complete the study within its time frame, but their data also suggested a functional relationship. Data for Participant Five suggested a delayed, but beneficial treatment effect. For all participants who completed the study, mands generalized at moderate to high accuracy (60% to 100%) in a novel setting across all generalization probes. Maintenance measures indicated moderate to high durability of treatment effects (70% to 100%). Mand preference assessments were also conducted to evaluate participant preference between paper icons and the iPad(TM). All participants indicated a preference for mands using the iPad(TM). Parent report indicated that four out of five parents of study participants felt that the iPad(TM) would be easier to use in their daily routine. Parents were also confident that they would be able to use the iPad(TM) to support their child's communication (if given training). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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