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ERIC Number: EJ1160451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-0819
Assessment of the Language Preferences of Five Children with Autism from Spanish-Speaking Homes
Aguilar, Jeannie M.; Chan, Jeffrey M.; White, Pamela J.; Fragale, Christina
Journal of Behavioral Education, v26 n4 p334-347 Dec 2017
Although the number of English Language Learner students is increasing in the US school system, little is known about the preferences of language of instruction, particularly among young students with autism. We implemented a choice assessment with five children with autism to determine preference between English and Spanish instruction using a concurrent-operant design. Participants were allowed to choose between English instruction, Spanish instruction, and a no-language control condition using BIGmack communication devices. We compared choice allocation between previously mastered skills (easy tasks) and targets in the acquisition phase of learning (difficult tasks). None of the participants indicated a preference for language of instruction during easy tasks, while four participants indicated a preference during difficult tasks. Results suggest that the concurrent-operant procedure is an effective method for assessing preference of language of instruction with students with autism.
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Language: English
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