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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513841/incorporating-multiple-secondary-targets-into-learning-trials-for-individuals-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#1
Casey L Nottingham, Jason C Vladescu, Tiffany Kodak, April N Kisamore
The current study examined the outcome of presenting multiple secondary targets in learning trials for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. We compared conditions in which (a) a secondary target was presented in the antecedent and consequence of trials, (b) two secondary targets were presented in the consequence of trials, (c) one secondary target was presented in the consequence of each trial, and (d) no additional targets were presented trials. The participants acquired the majority of secondary targets...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513829/an-analysis-of-procedures-that-affect-response-variability
#2
Joseph D Dracobly, Claudia L Dozier, Adam M Briggs, Jessica F Juanico
Response variability is sensitive to antecedent and consequent manipulations. Researchers have investigated inducement, direct production through reinforcement, and stimulus control of response variability. Recently, researchers have shown that lag reinforcement schedules reliably increase variability but may also produce higher-order stereotypy. There has been limited investigation of appropriate variability levels and alternation between repetition and variation. In a three-part study, we evaluated levels of variability across a group of children, the effects of various procedures on producing response variability and novelty, and the use of schedule-correlated stimuli for producing rapid alternation between repetition and variation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513827/using-the-dual-criteria-methods-to-supplement-visual-inspection-an-analysis-of-nonsimulated-data
#3
Marc J Lanovaz, Sarah C Huxley, Marie-Michèle Dufour
The purpose of our study was to examine the probability of observing false positives in nonsimulated data using the dual-criteria methods. We extracted data from published studies to produce a series of 16,927 datasets and then assessed the proportion of false positives for various phase lengths. Our results indicate that collecting at least three data points in the first phase (Phase A) and at least five data points in the second phase (Phase B) is generally sufficient to produce acceptable levels of false positives...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513826/noncontingent-reinforcement-without-extinction-plus-differential-reinforcement-of-alternative-behavior-during-treatment-of-problem-behavior
#4
Jennifer N Fritz, Lynsey M Jackson, Nicole A Stiefler, Barbara S Wimberly, Amy R Richardson
The effects of noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) without extinction during treatment of problem behavior maintained by social positive reinforcement were evaluated for five individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A continuous NCR schedule was gradually thinned to a fixed-time 5-min schedule. If problem behavior increased during NCR schedule thinning, a continuous NCR schedule was reinstated and NCR schedule thinning was repeated with differential reinforcement of alternative behavior (DRA) included...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500676/an-evaluation-of-interdependent-and-independent-group-contingencies-during-the-good-behavior-game
#5
Emily A Groves, Jennifer L Austin
The Good Behavior Game (GBG) uses an interdependent group contingency to improve classroom behavior. Despite the wealth of research on the effectiveness of the GBG, some teachers may have concerns about their students' abilities to work in teams, particularly if they have a history of poor social skills. We used an alternating treatments design to compare the relative effectiveness of the GBG with interdependent and independent group contingencies in a classroom for children with emotional and behavioral disorders...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500642/toward-meaningful-outcomes-in-teaching-conversation-and-greeting-skills-with-individuals-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#6
Stephanie A Hood, Kevin C Luczynski, Daniel R Mitteer
We identified greeting and conversation deficits based on a parent interview and semistructured direct assessment for one child and two adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. We taught the greeting and conversation skills using behavioral skills training and within-session corrective feedback. A multiple baseline across conversation and greeting skills demonstrated experimental control over the effects of the teaching on acquisition and generalization to novel adults. We also conducted embedded reversals to assess maintenance of the acquired skills...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453220/teaching-mands-for-information-using-when-to-children-with-autism
#7
Robin K Landa, Bethany Hansen, M Alice Shillingsburg
Previous research has evaluated contrived motivating operations to teach mands for information. However, literature evaluating acquisition of the mand when? is comparatively limited. As an extension of Shillingsburg, Bowen, Valentino, & Pierce (2014), we taught three children with autism to engage in mands for information using when under alternating conditions in which a contrived establishing operation was present (EOP) or absent (EOA). Following training with a constant prompt delay, all participants acquired the mand for information and demonstrated correct use of the provided information and a decrease in inappropriate attempts to access restricted items...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436568/effects-of-programmed-teaching-errors-on-acquisition-and-durability-of-self-care-skills
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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/28332710/improving-the-interview-skills-of-college-students-using-behavioral-skills-training
#12
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/28332715/teaching-identity-matching-of-braille-characters-to-beginning-braille-readers
#13
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...
April 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304093/interview-informed-functional-analyses-a-comparison-of-synthesized-and-isolated-components
#14
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...
April 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276581/application-of-the-matching-law-to-pitch-selection-in-professional-baseball
#15
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...
April 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276578/persistence-during-and-resurgence-following-noncontingent-reinforcement-implemented-with-and-without-extinction
#16
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...
April 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
#17
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...
April 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
#18
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)...
April 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
#19
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/28211949/internet-based-self-tailored-deposit-contracts-to-promote-smoking-reduction-and-abstinence
#20
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
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