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J Appl Behav Anal. 2010 Summer;43(2):265-71. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2010.43-265.

Increasing response diversity in children with autism.

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Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 671, Rochester, New York 14642, USA. deborah_napolitano@urmc.rochester.edu

Abstract

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.

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autism; behavioral variability; lag reinforcement; response variability; stereotypy; stimulus variability

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21119899
PMCID:
PMC2884349
DOI:
10.1901/jaba.2010.43-265
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