This article is based on a study conducted by the first author in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree from Texas Christian University. The research was supported by grants from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis and the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group.
Effects of operant discrimination training on the vocalizations of nonverbal children with autism
Version of Record online: 3 JUN 2013
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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 46, Issue 3, pages 656–661, Fall 2013
How to Cite
Lepper, T. L., Petursdottir, A. I. and Esch, B. E. (2013), Effects of operant discrimination training on the vocalizations of nonverbal children with autism. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 46: 656–661. doi: 10.1002/jaba.55
- Issue online: 3 SEP 2013
- Version of Record online: 3 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 1 OCT 2012
- Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis
- discrimination training;
- stimulus–stimulus pairing;
We evaluated the effects of operant discrimination training (ODT) on the vocalizations of 3 boys with autism. We compared ODT to a stimulus–stimulus pairing (SSP) condition and a control condition in an adapted alternating-treatments design. ODT increased the target vocalizations of all participants compared to the control condition, and its effects were similar to SSP. All participants preferred ODT to SSP.