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A functional analysis of non-vocal verbal behavior of a young child with autism
The Analysis of Verbal Behavior
  • Matthew P. Normand, University of the Pacific
  • Erica S. Severtson, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Gracie A. Beavers, Florida Institute of Technology
Document Type
Article
Department
Psychology
DOI
10.1007/BF03393057
Publication Date
4-1-2008
Abstract
The functions of an American Sign Language response were experimentally evaluated with a young boy diagnosed with autism. A functional analysis procedure based on that reported by Lerman et al. (2005) was used to evaluate whether the target sign response would occur under mand, tact, mimetic, or control conditions. The target sign was observed most often in the mand and mimetic test conditions, very seldom in the tact test condition, and never in the control condition. These results support those reported by Lerman et al. and extend previous research by evaluating a non-vocal verbal response using a brief multi-element arrangement with a single control condition. The implications for language assessment and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Citation Information
Matthew P. Normand, Erica S. Severtson and Gracie A. Beavers. "A functional analysis of non-vocal verbal behavior of a young child with autism" The Analysis of Verbal Behavior Vol. 24 Iss. 1 (2008) p. 63 - 67 ISSN: 0889-9401
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew-normand/180/