Authors: Reichle J, Dropik PL, Alden-Anderson E, Haley T
Title: Teaching a young child with autism to request assistance conditionally: a preliminary study
Source: American Journal of Speech Language Pathology 2008 17(3): 231-240
Year: 2008
Research Design: Single Case Design

PURPOSE: Investigators taught a 5-year-old boy with autistic disorder and severe language delay to conditionally use requests for assistance. METHOD: A within-participant multiple-probe design across 3 functional tasks was implemented in order to evaluate the child's acquisition and conditional use of requests for assistance during intervention with each task. RESULTS: Results indicated initial acquisition of requests for assistance followed by a brief period of overgeneralization. As independence in completing a task increased, requests for assistance correspondingly decreased. The participant's conditional use of requests for assistance and independent task completion were sustained across time. CONCLUSION: This study highlights the need to assess conditional use of newly taught communicative behavior.

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