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RESPONSE COMPETITION AND STIMULUS PREFERENCE IN THE TREATMENT OF AUTOMATICALLY REINFORCED BEHAVIOR: A COMPARISON

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Address correspondence to Mark P. Groskreutz, Special Education and Reading Department, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, Davis Hall 216 D, New Haven, Connecticut 06515 (e-mail: groskreutzm2@southernct.edu).

Abstract

Clinicians are particularly challenged by the development of interventions for behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement because reinforcers that maintain the responses often cannot be directly observed or manipulated. Researchers have conducted either preference assessments or competing items assessments when developing effective treatments for behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement. However, interventions based on these assessments have not been directly compared. The current study evaluated procedures to make such a comparison. High-competition items resulted in greater reductions in vocal stereotypy than did high-preference items for a preschool boy with autism.

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