The effect of behavioral skills training with general-case training on staff chaining of child vocalizations within natural language paradigm

Laura Seiverling, Maria Pantelides, Henry H. Ruiz, Peter Sturmey

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Abstract

This study used behavioral skills training (BST) and general-case training (GCT) in which the experimenter simulated child performance to teach three staff to conduct NLP and response chaining to increase three-link vocal chains in three children with autism. Staff increased their correct NLP performance during post-training in comparison to baseline. Two of three children emitted more vocal chains following training. This study demonstrated that BSTand GCTwere effective in training NLP and response chaining. When assessing social validity, both Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and teachers did not indicate an increase in staff members' teaching skills. Future research should develop effective technologies to chain vocal behavior and to teach staff and parents to implement response chaining.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-75
Number of pages23
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

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