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J Appl Behav Anal. 1984 Summer;17(2):229-47.

The training and generalization of social interaction skills with autistic youth.

Abstract

Two experiments were conducted to increase the initiations and duration of social interactions between autistic and nonhandicapped youths. Experiment 1 taught two autistic youths to initiate and elaborate social interactions with three age-appropriate and commonly used leisure objects; a radio, a video game, and gum. The students were first taught to use the objects and subsequently instructed in the related social skills. The youths generalized these social responses to other non-handicapped peers in the same leisure setting. A second experiment trained a third autistic youth to emit similar social leisure skills. The use of the leisure objects and the related social skills were taught at the same time. The autistic youth learned these skills and generalized them to other handicapped peers in the same leisure setting. The importance of teaching generalized social responding in particular subenvironments was emphasized.

PMID:
6735954
PMCID:
PMC1307936
DOI:
10.1901/jaba.1984.17-229
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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