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INCREASING OBSERVATIONAL LEARNING OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM: A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS

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Address correspondence to Jaime A. DeQuinzio, Alpine Learning Group, 777 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey 07652 (e-mail: jdequinzio@alpinelearninggroup.org).

Abstract

We evaluated the effects of monitoring responses on the acquisition of sight words with 3 children with autism. In the training condition, we taught participants a vocal imitation and matching response related to a peer's reading response. In another condition, participants were exposed only to a peer's reading responses. Participants read the words more accurately during test sessions when the monitoring response was required. Results and discussion highlight the importance of identifying component responses of observational learning and the need for additional research in this area.

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