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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436568/effects-of-programmed-teaching-errors-on-acquisition-and-durability-of-self-care-skills
#1
Maeve G Donnelly, Amanda M Karsten
This investigation sheds light on necessary and sufficient conditions to establish self-care behavior chains among people with developmental disabilities. First, a descriptive assessment (DA) identified the types of teaching errors that occurred during self-care instruction. Second, the relative effects of three teaching errors observed during the DA were evaluated across two behavior chains for three participants. Third, the effects of individual teaching errors were studied with a third behavior chain per participant...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436542/intercontinental-telehealth-coaching-of-therapists-to-improve-verbalizations-by-children-with-autism
#2
Ana Barkaia, Trevor F Stokes, Tamar Mikiashvili
This study examined the effects of intercontinental telehealth coaching on the mastery of therapists' skills and improvements in verbalizations by children with autism, testing whether telehealth can be a solution for underserved communities in developing countries such as Georgia-Sakartvelo in Eastern Europe. Three therapists delivering and three children with autism receiving early-intervention services from the nongovernmental organization Children of Georgia in Tbilisi participated. Experimenters provided coaching from Virginia, USA to therapists in Georgia-Sakartvelo...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419439/effects-of-student-pairing-and-public-review-on-physical-activity-during-school-recess
#3
Heather M Zerger, Bryon G Miller, Diego Valbuena, Raymond G Miltenberger
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of student pairing and feedback during recess on children's step counts. During baseline, participants wore a sealed pedometer during recess. During intervention, we paired participants with higher step counts with participants with lower step counts. We encouraged teams to compete for the highest step count each day and provided feedback on their performance during each recess session. Results showed a large mean increase in step count from baseline to intervention...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369833/evaluation-of-interactive-computerized-training-to-teach-parents-to-implement-photographic-activity-schedules-with-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#4
Kristina R Gerencser, Thomas S Higbee, Jessica S Akers, Bethany P Contreras
Training parents of children with autism spectrum disorder can be a challenge due to limited resources, time, and money. Interactive computerized training (ICT)-a self-paced program that incorporates instructions, videos, and interactive questions-is one method professionals can use to disseminate trainings to broader populations. This study extends previous research on ICT by assessing the effect of ICT to teach three parents how to implement a photographic activity schedule using a systematic prompting procedure with their child...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332715/teaching-identity-matching-of-braille-characters-to-beginning-braille-readers
#5
Karen A Toussaint, Mindy C Scheithauer, Jeffrey H Tiger, Kathryn J Saunders
We taught three children with visual impairments to make tactile discriminations of the braille alphabet within a matching-to-sample format. That is, we presented participants with a braille character as a sample stimulus, and they selected the matching stimulus from a three-comparison array. In order to minimize participant errors, we initially arranged braille characters into training sets in which there was a maximum difference in the number of dots comprising the target and nontarget comparison stimuli...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332710/improving-the-interview-skills-of-college-students-using-behavioral-skills-training
#6
Corey S Stocco, Rachel H Thompson, John M Hart, Heidi L Soriano
Obtaining a job as a college graduate is partly dependent on interview performance. We used a multiple baseline design across skills to evaluate the effects of behavioral skills training with self-evaluation for five college students. Training effects were evaluated using simulated interviews as baseline and posttraining assessments. All participants acquired targeted skills, but we observed some individual differences. Participants were satisfied with training outcomes and rated the procedures as acceptable...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304093/interview-informed-functional-analyses-a-comparison-of-synthesized-and-isolated-components
#7
Jessica D Slaton, Gregory P Hanley, Katherine J Raftery
Hanley, Jin, Vanselow, and Hanratty (2014) described a functional analysis (FA) format that relied on a synthesis of multiple contingencies described by caregivers during open-ended interviews. These interview-informed synthesized contingency analyses (IISCA) provided effective baselines from which to develop socially validated treatments, but the synthesis precluded a precise understanding of individual contingencies influencing problem behavior. We conducted IISCAs and standard FAs (Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Bauman, & Richman, 1982/1994) for nine children with autism to evaluate the likelihood of differentiation given a number of synthesized versus isolated variables...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276581/application-of-the-matching-law-to-pitch-selection-in-professional-baseball
#8
David J Cox, Jacob Sosine, Jesse Dallery
This study applied the generalized matching equation (GME) to pitch selection in professional baseball. The GME was fitted to the relation between pitch selection and hitter outcomes for five professional baseball pitchers during the 2014 Major League Baseball season. The GME described pitch selection well. Pitch allocation varied across different game contexts such as inning, count, and number of outs in a manner consistent with the GME. Finally, within games, bias decreased for four of the five pitchers and the sensitivity parameter increased for three of the five pitchers...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276578/persistence-during-and-resurgence-following-noncontingent-reinforcement-implemented-with-and-without-extinction
#9
Valdeep Saini, Wayne W Fisher, Maegan D Pisman
Noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) is typically implemented with extinction (EXT) for destructive behavior reinforced by social consequences and without EXT for destructive behavior reinforced by sensory consequences. Behavioral momentum theory (BMT) predicts that responding will be more persistent, and treatment relapse in the form of response resurgence more likely, when NCR is implemented without EXT due to the greater overall rate of reinforcement associated with this intervention. We used an analogue arrangement to test these predictions of BMT by comparing NCR implemented with and without EXT...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276573/preference-and-reinforcer-efficacy-of-high-and-low-tech-items-a-comparison-of-item-type-and-duration-of-access
#10
Audrey N Hoffmann, Andrew L Samaha, Sarah E Bloom, Megan A Boyle
This study examined the interactions of stimulus type (high- vs. low-tech) and magnitude (duration of access) on preference and reinforcer efficacy. Two preference assessments were conducted to identify highly preferred high-tech and low-tech items for each participant. A subsequent assessment examined preference for those items when provided at 30-s and 600-s durations. We then evaluated reinforcer efficacy for those same items when provided for a range of durations using progressive-ratio schedules. Results suggested item type and access duration interacted to influence preference and reinforcer efficacy...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211949/internet-based-self-tailored-deposit-contracts-to-promote-smoking-reduction-and-abstinence
#11
Brantley P Jarvis, Jesse Dallery
Deposit contracting may reduce costs and increase efficacy in contingency management interventions. We evaluated two Internet-based deposit contract arrangements for smoking. In Experiment 1, nine participants deposited self-selected amounts that could be earned back for meeting goals. During treatment, participants were reimbursed for breath samples with less than or equal to 6 parts per million carbon monoxide and met the criterion for 47% of samples compared to 1% during baseline. In Experiment 2, 10 participants' deposits were matched up to $50...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211940/instructive-feedback-embedded-within-group-instruction-for-children-diagnosed-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#12
Justin B Leaf, Joseph H Cihon, Aditt Alcalay, Erin Mitchell, Donna Townley-Cochran, Kevin Miller, Ronald Leaf, Mitchell Taubman, John McEachin
The present study evaluated the effects of instructive feedback embedded within a group discrete trial teaching to teach tact relations to nine children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder using a nonconcurrent multiple-baseline design. Dependent variables included correct responses for: primary targets (directly taught), secondary targets (taught via instructive feedback), primary observational targets (directly taught to other members of the group), and secondary observational targets (taught via instructive feedback provided to other members of the group)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211576/a-multidisciplinary-treatment-for-encopresis-in-children-with-developmental-disabilities
#13
Nathan A Call, Joanna Lomas Mevers, Barbara O McElhanon, Mindy C Scheithauer
Achieving continence of one's bowel movements is a key step in development and failure to do so leads to many negative consequences. Treatments for encopresis appearing in the literature have employed behavioral strategies; medications such as suppositories, laxatives, or enemas; and in some studies a combination of these approaches. To date, attempts to extend successful treatments for encopresis in typically developing children to those with developmental disabilities have been limited. The current study included three participants diagnosed with developmental disabilities who had a history of encopresis...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177122/assessment-and-treatment-of-automatically-reinforced-self-induced-emesis
#14
Kara L Wunderlich, Timothy R Vollmer, Karla A Zabala
Frequent emesis can cause substantial deleterious effects to a child's health and environment. We conducted a functional analysis of a 3-year-old girl's self-induced emesis and confirmed that emesis was maintained by automatic reinforcement. In a reversal design, we evaluated the efficacy of implementing response blocking at 100% and 50% treatment integrity levels on both attempts and successful production of emesis. One hundred percent blocking, but not 50% blocking, was successful in reducing attempts and emesis below baseline levels...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177118/noncontingent-reinforcement-for-the-treatment-of-severe-problem-behavior-an-analysis-of-27-consecutive-applications
#15
Cara L Phillips, Julia A Iannaccone, Griffin W Rooker, Louis P Hagopian
Noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) is a commonly used treatment for severe problem behavior displayed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The current study sought to extend the literature by reporting outcomes achieved with 27 consecutive applications of NCR as the primary treatment for severe problem behavior. All applications of NCR were included regardless of treatment outcome to minimize selection bias favoring successful cases. Participants ranged in age from 5 to 33 years. We analyzed the results across behavioral function and with regard to the use of functional versus alternative reinforcers...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177117/recent-research-on-the-high-probability-instructional-sequence-a-brief-review
#16
REVIEW
Joshua Lipschultz, David A Wilder
The high-probability (high-p) instructional sequence consists of the delivery of a series of high-probability instructions immediately before delivery of a low-probability or target instruction. It is commonly used to increase compliance in a variety of populations. Recent research has described variations of the high-p instructional sequence and examined the conditions under which the sequence is most effective. This manuscript reviews the most recent research on the sequence and identifies directions for future research...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27739068/a-quantitative-review-of-overjustification-effects-in-persons-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities
#17
Allison Levy, Iser G DeLeon, Catherine K Martinez, Nathalie Fernandez, Nicholas A Gage, Sigurdur Óli Sigurdsson, Michelle A Frank-Crawford
The overjustification hypothesis suggests that extrinsic rewards undermine intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic rewards are common in strengthening behavior in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities; we examined overjustification effects in this context. A literature search yielded 65 data sets permitting comparison of responding during an initial no-reinforcement phase to a subsequent no-reinforcement phase, separated by a reinforcement phase. We used effect sizes to compare response levels in these two no-reinforcement phases...
April 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128451/teaching-complex-verbal-operants-to-children-with-autism-and-establishing-generalization-using-the-peak-curriculum
#18
Mark R Dixon, Jacqueline Peach, Jacob H Daar, Cindy Penrod
The present study evaluated the feasibility of the PEAK Relational Training System's Generalization Module (Dixon, 2014b) to teach and establish generalization of autoclitic mands, distorted tacts, and creative path finding in three children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Using a multiple-baseline design across behaviors, each participant was provided with differential reinforcement and a least-to-most prompting hierarchy for correct responses to a subset of stimuli, and responses to other similar stimulus sets were probed for emergent generalization...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128442/a-microswitch-based-program-for-promoting-initial-ambulation-responses-an-evaluation-with-two-girls-with-multiple-disabilities
#19
Fabrizio Stasolla, Alessandro O Caffò, Viviana Perilli, Adele Boccasini, Anna Stella, Rita Damiani, Vincenza Albano, Concetta Damato
We assessed the use of a microswitch-based program for promoting ambulation responses by two children with multiple disabilities. The goals of the study were to: (a) evaluate the importance of the contingency between the target behavior (forward step) and the programmed consequence (preferred stimuli), (b) measure effects of the intervention on indices of happiness, and (c) assess the social validation of the procedure using 20 physiotherapists as external raters. The intervention involved the automatic delivery of preferred stimuli contingent on forward steps...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101892/an-assessment-of-differential-reinforcement-procedures-for-learners-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#20
Kate A Johnson, Jason C Vladescu, Tiffany Kodak, Tina M Sidener
Differential reinforcement procedures may promote unprompted correct responding, resulting in a quicker transfer of stimulus control than nondifferential reinforcement. Recent studies that have compared reinforcement arrangements have found that the most effective arrangement may differ across participants. The current study conducted an assessment of differential reinforcement arrangements (i.e., quality, schedule, and magnitude) and nondifferential reinforcement to identify the most effective arrangement for each participant...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
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