TitleUsing a pairing procedure to develop reinforcers for children on the autism spectrum with a restricted range of preferred items
NameLambright, Nathan M. (author), LaRue, Robert H (chair), Harris, Sandra L (internal member), Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology,
Autism spectrum disorders,
Autistic children—Behavior modification ,
DescriptionChildren with ASD often have significant educational challenges such as skill deficits and behavioral problems. Reinforcement procedures represent one of the fundamental Applied Behavior Analysis concepts for addressing these concerns, making it important that there are powerful motivators to use for reinforcement. Unfortunately, individuals with autism have restricted interests, which may limit available reinforcers and complicate the development of treatments using reinforcement based procedures. The present study tested a procedure to develop novel reinforcers for three individuals with autism. Two neutral items were paired with known reinforcers during work sessions at school. Preference increased for five of the six items and reinforcement value increased for four of the six items.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Nathan M Lambright
CollectionGraduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.