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ERIC Number: EJ1160260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Self-Reinforcement Compared to Teacher-Delivered Reinforcement during Activity Schedules on the iPod Touch
Beaver, Brittany N.; Reeve, Sharon A.; Reeve, Kenneth F.; DeBar, Ruth M.
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v52 n4 p393-404 Dec 2017
The current study assessed whether four 15- to 17-year-old individuals diagnosed with autism would remain on-task for more intervals and complete tasks independently as a function of using self-reinforcement or teacher-delivered reinforcement. An adapted alternating-treatments design with teacher-delivered reinforcement, self-reinforcement, and a control condition was used. The participants followed a schedule on an iPod touch to complete a vocational task, a daily living task, and a leisure task. To promote independence, the proximity of the instructor was faded until the instructor was completely removed during self-reinforcement. Results of this study demonstrated high percentages of on-task behavior and schedule completion. Overall, during the self-reinforcement condition, proximity of the instructor was faded in fewer sessions than during the teacher-delivered reinforcement condition. Generalization of responding was observed in the community. The results of this study established a novel method for implementing self-reinforcement.
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
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Language: English
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