ERIC Number: EJ1070171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Choice-Based Stimulus Preference Assessment for Children with or At-Risk for Emotional Disturbance in Educational Settings
King, Seth A.; Kostewicz, Douglas E.
Education and Treatment of Children, v37 n3 p531-558 2014
Students with or at-risk for emotional disturbance (ED) frequently receive interventions that include a direct manipulation of consequences. The ability of educators to identify reinforcing stimuli that may function as powerful consequences determines the success of reinforcement-based strategies. Choice-based stimulus preference assessments provide a systematic means of identifying potential reinforcers that have been well researched with children and adults with severe disabilities. However, research concerning the effectiveness of choice-based stimulus preference assessments for students with ED remains limited. Therefore, the current literature review examines the experimental context and effectiveness of choice-based stimulus preference assessments in identifying reinforcers for students with ED in educational settings and the advantages of these procedures over preference surveys. While reinforcers identified through choice-stimulus preference assessment increased the target behaviors of the participants, choice-based preference assessment methods did not unequivocally improve upon preference surveys. Implications for practitioners and future research directions are discussed.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Emotional Disturbances, At Risk Students, Children, Stimuli, Preferences, Reinforcement, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Literature Reviews
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