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ERIC Number: EJ846314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0889-9401
Expanding Vocal Requesting Repertoires via Relational Responding in Adults with Severe Developmental Disabilities
Halvey, Christine; Rehfeldt, Ruth Anne
Analysis of Verbal Behavior, v21 p13-25 2005
The purpose of this project was to demonstrate untrained vocal requests in three adults with severe developmental disabilities. Specifically, we evaluated whether a history of reinforced relational responding would give rise to untrained vocal requests for novel items. Participants were first taught to request preferred items using their category names. They were then taught conditional discriminations between pictures of preferred items that were categorically related. Finally, participants were tested for their abilities to request items that had not been originally presented during request training, using their category names. All participants demonstrated untrained requests, and for some participants, changes in the mand repertoire were accompanied by changes in the tact repertoire. Some participants also showed generalization of skills across settings. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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