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J Appl Behav Anal. 2015 Summer;48(2):454-9. doi: 10.1002/jaba.213. Epub 2015 May 11.

Comparing the effects of massed and distributed practice on skill acquisition for children with autism.

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1
University of Oregon.
2
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Abstract

We replicated and extended the findings of Haq and Kodak (2015) by evaluating the efficiency of massed and distributed practice for teaching tacts and textual and intraverbal behavior to 3 children with autism. Massed practice included all practice opportunities conducted on 1 day during each week, and distributed practice included practice opportunities conducted across several days during the week. The results indicated that distributed practice was more efficient for all participants. Suggested areas for future research and implications for practice are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

autism; distributed practice; instructional efficiency; massed practice; stimulus control

PMID:
25962478
DOI:
10.1002/jaba.213
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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