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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v43 n2 p265-271 Sum 2010

Repetitive and invariant behavior is a diagnostic feature of autism. We implemented a lag reinforcement schedule to increase response diversity for 6 participants with autism aged 6 to 10 years, 4 of whom also received prompting plus additional training. These procedures appeared to increase the variety of building-block structures, demonstrating that an intervention that includes differential reinforcement can increase response diversity for children with an autism spectrum disorder. (Contains 2 figures.)

Descriptors: Autism, Reinforcement, Responses, Children, Intervention, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Behavior Problems, Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Modification

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Autor: Napolitano, Deborah A.; Smith, Tristram; Zarcone, Jennifer R.; Goodkin, Karen; McAdam, David B.


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