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ERIC Number: EJ792095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2933
A Novel Method for Teaching the First Instances of Simple Discrimination to Nonverbal Children with Autism in a Laboratory Environment
Lionello-DeNolf, Karen M.; da Silva Barros, Romariz; McIlvane, William J.
Psychological Record, v58 n2 p229-244 Spr 2008
A novel method for initiating discrimination training with nonverbal children combines a delayed S+ procedure that requires children to refrain from responding to either of 2 physically different choice stimuli until a prompt stimulus is added onto 1 of the choices, and a delayed prompting procedure that presents the same 2-choice stimulus display, but stimuli are initially added onto both choices. After a short delay, the added stimulus on the S- is removed, and the choice of the S+ is thus prompted. If the children learn to observe and respond to the defining features of the S+ choice stimulus, then they may respond to the S+ prior to the added-stimulus removal. Implementation was successful with 8 nonverbal children who had not previously exhibited simple simultaneous discrimination, suggesting a useful methodology for initiating discrimination training with populations for whom verbal instruction is ineffective. (Contains 2 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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