ERIC Number: EJ1145160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Safety Responding to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Rossi, Margaret R.; Vladescu, Jason C.; Reeve, Kenneth F.; Gross, Amy C.
Education and Treatment of Children, v40 n2 p187-208 2017
Children have been taught to demonstrate a safety response when they encounter a dangerous stimulus using behavioral skills training (BST). However, little research has evaluated the usefulness of BST to teach safety skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In the current study, we evaluated BST to establish a generalized repertoire of safety skills in children with ASD. Three categories of safety skills were identified and multiple exemplars were taught to program for generalization to stimuli and settings not associated with training. The 3 participants demonstrated an appropriate safety response after BST training across trained and untrained exemplars and settings. Additionally, responding to trained exemplars maintained up to four weeks following training. High levels of social validity were also found. These results suggest BST is a viable training approach for training individuals with ASD to demonstrate safety skills and results are discussed in light of previous studies.
Descriptors: Child Safety, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Skill Development, Program Effectiveness, Behavior Development, Intelligence Tests, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary, Behavior Modification, Public Schools, Family Environment, Scoring, Pretests Posttests, Generalization, Maintenance, Young Children, Weapons, Poisoning, Hazardous Materials, Questionnaires
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