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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v44 n2 p305-314 Sum 2011

We taught manual signs to typically developing infants using a reversal design and caregiver-nominated stimuli. We delivered the stimuli on a time-based schedule during baseline. During the intervention, we used progressive prompting and reinforcement, described by Thompson et al. (2004, 2007), to establish mands. Following sign training, we conducted functional analyses and verified that the signs functioned as mands. These results provide preliminary validation for the verbal behavior functional analysis methodology and further evidence of the functional independence of verbal operants. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)

Descriptors: Evidence, Stimuli, Behavior Modification, Sign Language, Infants, Reinforcement, Prompting, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Verbal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication

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Author: Normand, Matthew P.; Machado, Mychal A.; Hustyi, Kristin M.; Morley, Allison J.


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