We thank Sheena Coffman and Jennifer Hodnett for their assistance in data collection.
Direct assessment of preferences for social interactions in children with autism
Version of Record online: 14 AUG 2013
© Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 821–826, Winter 2013
How to Cite
Call, N. A., Shillingsburg, M. A., Bowen, C. N., Reavis, A. R. and Findley, A. J. (2013), Direct assessment of preferences for social interactions in children with autism. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 46: 821–826. doi: 10.1002/jaba.69
- Issue online: 4 DEC 2013
- Version of Record online: 14 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 25 JUN 2012
- concurrent operants;
- social interaction
Qualitative and quantitative differences in social interactions are core symptoms of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnostic criteria, although there is heterogeneity among individuals with ASDs. This study used a concurrent operants arrangement to evaluate whether social interactions functioned as positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, or as neutral stimuli for 6 individuals with autism. Data suggest that clinicians who work with individuals with ASD should ascertain the functional properties of social interactions prior to using them as a consequence in interventions.