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ERIC Number: EJ1014168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Pick One! Conducting Preference Assessments with Students with Significant Disabilities
Cannella-Malone, Helen I.; Sabielny, Linsey M.; Jimenez, Eliseo D.; Miller, Megan M.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v45 n6 p16-23 Jul-Aug 2013
Research has demonstrated that people with significant intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities can indicate clear preferences through methodologically rigorous assessments. Once preferred items have been identified, they can be used to reinforce new behaviors, which can assist in the development of a meaningful learning experience. This article outlines how to conduct four different types of preference assessments that can be used to identify reinforcers for students with significant intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Methodological guidelines are provided for each assessment and include how to prepare for each assessment, what materials are needed, the approximate duration of each assessment, the assessment procedures, sample data sheets, and methods for analyzing the data collected. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A