NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ926483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
The Use of Differential Reinforcement to Decrease the Inappropriate Verbalizations of a Nine-Year-Old Girl with Autism
Thompson, Megan J.; McLaughlin, T. F.; Derby, K. Mark
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v9 n1 p183-196 2011
Introduction: The purpose of this study was to decrease the number of talk-outs displayed with a 3rd grade student with autism. She engaged in these behaviors during work time, specialty classes such as physical education, music and library, and group work. Method: A multiple baseline probe design was used to measure the effectiveness of differential reinforcement with a token economy treatment package. A functional relationship was demonstrated between the reduction in talk-outs and the implementation of a differential reinforcement of an alternative behavior reinforcement schedule (DRA). Results: The participant's talk-outs decreased across all settings from an average of 10.9 in baseline to a mean 3.1 talk outs during differential reinforcement within a token economy. Conclusion: The use of the positive procedures in the classroom to reduce a problem social behavior is discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A