We thank Carissa Nohr, Lindsey Lousch, and Laura Wilhelm for their assistance with aspects of data collection.
TEACHING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM TO ENGAGE IN PEER-DIRECTED MANDS USING A PICTURE EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
Article first published online: 27 FEB 2013
2012 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 45, Issue 2, pages 425–429, Summer 2012
How to Cite
Paden, A. R., Kodak, T., Fisher, W. W., Gawley-Bullington, E. M. and Bouxsein, K. J. (2012), TEACHING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM TO ENGAGE IN PEER-DIRECTED MANDS USING A PICTURE EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 45: 425–429. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2012.45-425
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 27 FEB 2013
- Received May 17, 2010, Final acceptance March 2, 2011
- differential reinforcement of alternative behavior;
- picture exchange communication system;
- social interactions
We evaluated differential reinforcement of alternative behavior (DRA) plus prompting to increase peer-directed mands for preferred items using a picture exchange communication system (PECS). Two nonvocal individuals with autism participated. Independent mands with a peer increased with the implementation of DRA plus prompting for both participants. In addition, peers engaged in brief social interactions following the majority of mands for leisure items. These results suggest that teaching children to use PECS with peers may be one way to increase manding and social interactions in individuals with limited or no vocal repertoire.