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ERIC Number: EJ832386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
A Demonstration of Individual Preference for Novel Mands during Functional Communication Training
Winborn-Kemmerer, Lisa; Ringdahl, Joel E.; Wacker, David P.; Kitsukawa, Kana
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n1 p185-189 Spr 2009
Preference for mand topography was evaluated for 2 individuals with developmental disabilities who exhibited problem behavior. The results of a functional analysis showed that each participant's problem behavior was maintained by social reinforcement. Participants were taught two novel mand topographies for the same functional reinforcer, and each proved to be effective in reducing problem behavior. Finally, preference for mand topography was assessed within a concurrent-schedules design. Results indicated that functional communication training was an effective treatment, regardless of the mand used, and that each participant demonstrated a preference for one mand topography relative to the other. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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