ERIC Number: EJ1092616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Effect of Delayed Reinforcement on Skill Acquisition during Discrete-Trial Instruction: Implications for Treatment-Integrity Errors in Academic Settings
Carroll, Regina A.; Kodak, Tiffany; Adolf, Kari J.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v49 n1 p176-181 Mar 2016
We used an adapted alternating treatments design to compare skill acquisition during discrete-trial instruction using immediate reinforcement, delayed reinforcement with immediate praise, and delayed reinforcement for 2 children with autism spectrum disorder. Participants acquired the skills taught with immediate reinforcement; however, delayed reinforcement decreased the efficiency and effectiveness of discrete-trial instruction. We discuss the importance of evaluating the influence of treatment-integrity errors on skill acquisition during discrete-trial instruction.
Descriptors: Delay of Gratification, Positive Reinforcement, Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Skill Development, Program Effectiveness, Error Patterns
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