Anne R. Cummings is now affiliated with Central East Autism Program.
EVALUATING PROGRESS IN BEHAVIORAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS VIA CONTINUOUS AND DISCONTINUOUS MEASUREMENT
Article first published online: 27 FEB 2013
2009 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 57–71, Spring 2009
How to Cite
Cummings, A. R. and Carr, J. E. (2009), EVALUATING PROGRESS IN BEHAVIORAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS VIA CONTINUOUS AND DISCONTINUOUS MEASUREMENT. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 42: 57–71. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2009.42-57
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 27 FEB 2013
- Received October 19, 2006; Final acceptance July 8, 2008
- autism spectrum disorders;
- continuous measurement;
- discontinuous measurement;
- skill acquisition
We evaluated the influence of two different frequencies of data collection on skill acquisition and maintenance within behavioral treatment programs for children with autism spectrum disorders. Six children were taught multiple skills in up to four different behavioral programs. Half of the skills were measured continuously (i.e., trial by trial), and the other half were measured discontinuously (i.e., first trial only). When differences were detected, quicker acquisition was typically associated with discontinuous measurement, and stronger maintenance was typically associated with continuous measurement.