We thank Alanah Burkhardt, Angela Persicke, and Jessica Belokas for their assistance with this study.
Including unfamiliar stimuli in preference assessments for young children with autism
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2013
© Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 46, Issue 3, pages 689–694, Fall 2013
How to Cite
Kenzer, A. L., Bishop, M. R., Wilke, A. E. and Tarbox, J. R. (2013), Including unfamiliar stimuli in preference assessments for young children with autism. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 46: 689–694. doi: 10.1002/jaba.56
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 11 NOV 2011
- stimulus preference;
- reinforcer assessment;
- autism spectrum disorder
This study examined the inclusion of familiar and unfamiliar stimuli in a paired-stimulus preference assessment and subsequent progressive-ratio reinforcer assessment for 3 children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Results showed that highly preferred unfamiliar stimuli functioned as reinforcers. These findings suggest that the inclusion of unfamiliar stimuli in preference assessments may facilitate the identification of additional reinforcers for children with an ASD.