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ERIC Number: EJ869190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0889-9401
Is a Reasonable Attempt Reasonable? Shaping versus Reinforcing Verbal Attempts of Preschoolers with Autism
Newman, Bobby; Reinecke, Dana; Ramos, Marissa
Analysis of Verbal Behavior, v25 p67-72 2009
The effectiveness of a language-training procedure that emphasized reinforcing vocal "reasonable attempts" (any response directed at an interventionist and within a broader class of correct responses) was compared with a procedure that emphasized shaping (reinforcing successive approximations that more closely resembled the target vocalization). Three preschoolers who had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders participated in the study. Data indicated that the children mastered vocal skills more rapidly when they learned through shaping than in the reasonable attempts condition. Implications for teaching children with autism spectrum disorders are discussed. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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