INCREASING SPELLING ACHIEVEMENT: AN ANALYSIS OF TREATMENT PROCEDURES UTILIZING AN ALTERNATING TREATMENTS DESIGN

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Department of Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Abstract

Two studies which examine the effectiveness of spelling remediation procedures are reported. In both studies, an alternating treatment design was employed. In the first study, positive practice overcorrection plus positive reinforcement was compared to positive practice alone and a no-remediation control condition. In the second study, positive practice plus positive reinforcement was compared to a traditional corrective procedure plus positive reinforcement and a traditional procedure when used alone. Results of both studies indicated that the combined positive practice plus positive reinforcement procedure was more efficient and that it was preferred by the children. Following brief training under this combined procedure, all children demonstrated 100% spelling accuracy.

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