ERIC Number: EJ1038339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Discrete Trial Training to Identify Specific Learning Impairments in Boys with Fragile X Syndrome
Hall, Scott S.; Hustyi, Kristin M.; Hammond, Jennifer L.; Hirt, Melissa; Reiss, Allan L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n7 p1659-1670 Jul 2014
We examined whether "discrete trial training" (DTT) could be used to identify learning impairments in mathematical reasoning in boys with fragile X syndrome (FXS). Boys with FXS, aged 10-23 years, and age and IQ-matched controls, were trained to match fractions to pie-charts and pie-charts to decimals either on a computer or with a trained behavior analyst using DTT. Participants with FXS obtained significantly lower learning rates on the fractions to pie-charts task, and were more likely to perseverate on previously reinforced responses during learning compared to controls. These data suggest that DTT can be used to identify specific learning impairments in boys with FXS, as well as other low-functioning individuals with developmental disabilities.
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Mathematical Logic, Males, Genetic Disorders, Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Comparative Analysis, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods, Computer Assisted Instruction, Training, Disability Identification, Behavior Problems, Learning, Mathematical Concepts, Responses, Control Groups, Reinforcement
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