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ERIC Number: EJ826969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1555-7855
Evaluation of a Changing Criterion Intervention to Increase Fluent Responding with an Elementary Age Student with Autism
Fienup, Daniel M.; Doepke, Karla
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, v4 n3 p297-303 2008
Fluency training focuses on increasing the speed of accurate responding (Martens & Witt, 2004). This research was conducted with an elementary aged boy diagnosed with autism who responded accurately, but slowly to calendar and time related questions. Set in a public school, the student's personal aide was trained to make rewards contingent on quick, or fluent, responding. Using a changing criterion design the number of consecutive fluent responses required to earn a reward was systematically increased. At the beginning of the study the student was engaged 10 consecutive discrete trials (Lovaas, 1987) during a session and responding was slow. By the end of the study the student was engaged for 12 consecutive trials and was responding to each question fluently, within 3-seconds. The design of the study allows for causal statements to be made about the effects of contingent rewards on the student's fluent responding. (Contains 2 figures.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A