SCRIPT FADING TO PROMOTE UNSCRIPTED BIDS FOR JOINT ATTENTION IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

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Address correspondence to Thomas S. Higbee, Dept. of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Utah State University, 2865 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322 (e-mail: tom.higbee@usu.edu).

Abstract

We used a script-fading procedure to teach 3 children with autism to initiate bids for joint attention. We examined the effects of (a) scripts, (b) varied adult scripted responses, and (c) multiple-exemplar script training on promoting unscripted language during bids for joint attention. All 3 participants learned to initiate bids for joint attention, and the response generalized to untrained stimuli, conversation partners, and the classroom environment.

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