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ERIC Number: EJ1060674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Utility of Formal Preference Assessments for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Leaf, Justin B.; Leaf, Ronald; Alcalay, Aditt; Leaf, Jeremy A.; Ravid, Daniel; Dale, Stephanie; Kassardjian, Alyne; Tsuji, Kathleen; Taubman, Mitchell; McEachin, John; Oppenheim-Leaf, Misty
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v50 n2 p199-212 Jun 2015
The systematic use of reinforcers is an essential component of behavioral intervention for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Today, the use of rigorous formal preference assessments, including paired-preference assessments, are widely conducted to help determine which items to use as reinforcers during intervention. Although paired-preference assessments are widely used there is no experimental evidence whether extensive advance sampling actually produces higher rates of responding compared to in-the-moment analysis of reinforcer effects. The present study compared the rate of responding on a simple sorting task when participants were provided items that were determined as preferred via an extensive paired preference assessment to a teacher selecting items without the use of a paired preference assessment, but rather with an in-the-moment analysis of reinforcer effects. The results indicated no clear difference in the rate of responding, but there were clear differences in terms of efficiency. Clinical implications will be discussed.
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence
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