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ERIC Number: EJ1168998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Comparing Paired-Stimulus Preference Assessments with In-the-Moment Reinforcer Analysis on Skill Acquisition: A Preliminary Investigation
Leaf, Justin B.; Leaf, Ronald; Leaf, Jeremy A.; Alcalay, Aditt; Ravid, Daniel; Dale, Stephanie; Kassardjian, Alyne; Tsuji, Kathleen; Taubman, Mitchell; McEachin, John; Oppenheim-Leaf, Misty L.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v33 n1 p14-24 Mar 2018
Today, the use of formal preference assessments, including paired-stimulus preference assessments, is widely utilized to help determine which items to use as reinforcers during intervention. A second way to determine potential reinforcers is to analyze multiple dimensions of a stimulus in the moment, a procedure known as in-the-moment reinforcer analysis. Although paired-stimulus preference assessments are widely used, there is no experimental evidence that extensive advance preference assessments actually produce higher rates of learning than in-the-moment reinforcer analysis. The present study compared rates of learning on a simple expressive labeling task when correct responses were reinforced with items selected based on extensive formal paired-preference assessments versus items selected by a teacher using in-the-moment analysis of reinforcer effects. The results indicated no clear difference in skill acquisition, but there were clear differences in terms of efficiency and maintenance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
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