Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Symposium #419
Applications of Behavior Analysis to Education
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
Centennial Ballroom III
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Claire E. Egan (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Discussant: Olive Healy (CABAS Ireland)
Abstract: The current symposium contains a series of presentations outlining teaching strategies for children classified as having autism. The first paper outlines teaching operations to increase verbal operants. The second paper evaluates a treatment package for reducing inappropriate vocalizations. Finally, the third paper evaluates a procedure for decreasing fears. The symposium will end with a relevant discussion of the topics covered.
A Comparison of Two Instructional Sessions to Teach Verbal Operants to Children with Autism Diagnoses.
OLIVE HEALY (ABACAS Ireland), Rebecca Milne (CABAS Cork), Claire E. Egan (TCI, Hong Kong), Sharon E. Baxter (ABLE Clinic)
Abstract: Many children with autism do not readily emit verbal operants in generalised settings that have been taught during specific instructional times. Teaching verbal operants such as mands, tacts, descriptive and relational autoclitics as incidental teaching has been shown to increase their use but effects are temporary. This study compares the use of two types of instruction for verbal behaviour -- single and multiple verbal operant instruction -- using a multiple baseline across participants. The effects of the procedures are measured by the acquisition of pure and impure mands and tacts. Results are discussed and interpreted from the perspective of relational frame theory (Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, & Roche, 2001)
The Effects of a Treatment Package on Decreasing Inappropriate Vocalizations.
ANNELLE KIRSTEN (TCI, Hong Kong), Claire E. Egan (TCI, Hong Kong), Olive Healy (ABACAS Ireland), Sharon E. Baxter (ABLE Clinic)
Abstract: The present study tested the effects of a treatment package to decrease inappropriate vocalizations. Functional analyses determined that inappropriate vocalizations functioned as self-reinforced and avoidant behavior for two students with autistic spectrum disorders. A treatment package including differential reinforcement of other behavior, response cost, and a conditioned discriminative stimulus was evaluated to determine the effects on inappropriate vocalizations. The results are discussed in terms of the effects of treatment packages in reducing multi-functioned behavior.
Applying the Three-Term Contingency to Reducing 'Fears'.
SHARON E. BAXTER (Able Clinic), Michelle Karren (St. Cloud State University), Olive Healy (ABACAS Ireland), Claire E. Egan (TCI, Hong Kong)
Abstract: The present study evaluated the effects of a 'three-term contingency' intervention on the irrational fear response of a child with autism. The study employed an ABAB reversal design to evaluate the effects of the intervention. The results will be discussed in terms of the wider applications of the intervention for educating students with autism.



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