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ERIC Number: EJ1136751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Teaching Complex Verbal Operants to Children with Autism and Establishing Generalization Using the Peak Curriculum
Dixon, Mark R.; Peach, Jacqueline; Daar, Jacob H.; Penrod, Cindy
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v50 n2 p317-331 Spr 2017
The present study evaluated the feasibility of the PEAK Relational Training System's Generalization Module (Dixon, 2014b) to teach and establish generalization of autoclitic mands, distorted tacts, and creative path finding in three children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Using a multiple-baseline design across behaviors, each participant was provided with differential reinforcement and a least-to-most prompting hierarchy for correct responses to a subset of stimuli, and responses to other similar stimulus sets were probed for emergent generalization. Following training, each participant successfully acquired the directly trained behaviors and demonstrated generalization to the nonreinforced test exemplars. These data support the utility of Skinner's (1957) analysis to teach complex forms of verbal operants, and suggest that a manualized curriculum such as PEAK may have utility for promoting skill development and generalization for front line staff and caregivers of children with autism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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