Date of Defense

4-2011

Date of Graduation

12-2011

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Richard W. Malott, Psychology

Second Advisor

Chase Callard, Psychology

Abstract

In previous studies involving stimulus-stimulus pairing procedures to increase vocal mands in children with autism spectrum disorder, results have been positive but only temporary. This study is an analysis of the possible variables that may be maintaining the manding repertoire of the children participating in a stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure as part of Brighid Fronapfel-Sonderegger‟s research. The frequency of the pairings made between social reinforcement and reinforcement through the delivery of the requested edible or tangible stimulus was examined during this study. Results suggest that a consistent pairing between these two types of reinforcement could greatly increase the frequency of vocal manding in children diagnosed with autism.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

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