ERIC Number: EJ1033920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Teaching "How?" Mand-for-Information Frames to Children with Autism
Lechago, Sarah A.; Howell, Amber; Caccavale, Mia N.; Peterson, Charles W.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v46 n4 p781-791 Win 2013
The current study extends the mand-for-information literature by examining a method to teach mand-for-information frames, targeting 2 frames for the "How?" mand ("How do I?" and "How many?"). Using separate behavior chains to target the 2 frames, we taught 3 children with autism to emit mands for information with 1 behavior chain and assessed generalization with the remaining behavior chains. Behavior chains that the participants were unable to perform independently and that produced a desirable outcome for the participant (e.g., tornado water) were used to contrive the relevant motivating operation. For all 3 participants, mands for information generalized across motivating operations and response topographies.
Descriptors: Autism, Children, Teaching Methods, Behavior, Generalization, Science Instruction, Verbal Communication, Motivation, Reinforcement
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