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ERIC Number: EJ832376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Evaluating Progress in Behavioral Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders via Continuous and Discontinuous Measurement
Cummings, Anne R.; Carr, James E.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n1 p57-71 Spr 2009
We evaluated the influence of two different frequencies of data collection on skill acquisition and maintenance within behavioral treatment programs for children with autism spectrum disorders. Six children were taught multiple skills in up to four different behavioral programs. Half of the skills were measured continuously (i.e., trial by trial), and the other half were measured discontinuously (i.e., first trial only). When differences were detected, quicker acquisition was typically associated with discontinuous measurement, and stronger maintenance was typically associated with continuous measurement. (Contains 1 table, 6 figures, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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