The study was supported in part by an experimentation grant from the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec. We thank the Centre de réadaptation de l'Ouest de Montréal for their collaboration with the study as well as Cyriel L'Homme, Imène Berbiche, and Catherine Dorion for their assistance with data collection.
ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF VOCAL STEREOTYPY ASSOCIATED WITH TELEVISION: A PILOT STUDY
Article first published online: 18 APR 2013
© Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 46, Issue 2, pages 544–548, Summer 2013
How to Cite
Lanovaz, M. J., Rapp, J. T. and Ferguson, S. (2013), ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF VOCAL STEREOTYPY ASSOCIATED WITH TELEVISION: A PILOT STUDY. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 46: 544–548. doi: 10.1002/jaba.35
- Issue published online: 21 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 18 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 14 AUG 2012
- automatic reinforcement;
- differential reinforcement;
- vocal stereotypy
A 6-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with autism participated in a pilot study that showed that (a) television was associated with increased vocal stereotypy and (b) sitting was associated with lower levels of vocal stereotypy. Subsequently, we reduced vocal stereotypy while the television was on by reinforcing sitting on a variable-interval schedule. Results suggest that conditional percentages may be useful for the identification of alternative behaviors as part of treatments for stereotypy.