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A functional analysis of non-vocal verbal behavior of a young child with autism
Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Matthew P. Normand, University of the Pacific
  • Erica Severtson, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Gracie Beavers, Florida Institute of Technology
Document Type
Conference Presentation
Department
Psychology
Organization
Association for Behavior Analysis
Location
Chicago, IL
Conference Dates
May 23-27, 2008
Date of Presentation
5-24-2008
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 multielement arrangement with a single control condition. The implications for language assessment and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Citation Information
Matthew P. Normand, Erica Severtson and Gracie Beavers. "A functional analysis of non-vocal verbal behavior of a young child with autism" Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew-normand/37/