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ERIC Number: EJ894049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1058-0360
Teaching a Young Child with Autism to Request Assistance Conditionally: A Preliminary Study
Reichle, Joe; Dropik, Patricia L.; Alden-Anderson, Elizabeth; Haley, Tom
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, v17 n3 p231-240 Aug 2008
Purpose: Investigators taught a 5-year-old boy with autistic disorder and severe language delay to conditionally use requests for assistance. Method: A within-participant multiple-probe design across 3 functional tasks was implemented in order to evaluate the child's acquisition and conditional use of requests for assistance during intervention with each task. Results: Results indicated initial acquisition of requests for assistance followed by a brief period of overgeneralization. As independence in completing a task increased, requests for assistance correspondingly decreased. The participant's conditional use of requests for assistance and independent task completion were sustained across time. Conclusion: This study highlights the need to assess conditional use of newly taught communicative behavior. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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