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ERIC Number: EJ1176067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
An Evaluation of Delay to Reinforcement and Mand Variability during Functional Communication Training
Muething, Colin S.; Falcomata, Terry S.; Ferguson, Raechal; Swinnea, Samantha; Shpall, Cayenne
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v51 n2 p263-275 Spr 2018
Children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities often exhibit invariant responding (i.e., restricted behavioral repertoires), deficits in communication, and challenging behavior. Approaches demonstrated in the basic and applied literature to increase response variability include extinction, lag schedules of reinforcement, and percentile schedules of reinforcement. Results of basic studies have also indicated that delays to reinforcement often produce increases in response variability. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effects of a delay to reinforcement on the variability of communication responses during functional communication training with individuals with developmental disabilities and histories of engaging in challenging behavior. Results indicated that delays to reinforcement increased mand variability with all four participants with variable effects on challenging behavior across participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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