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Parent-Implemented Script Fading toPromote Play-Based Verbal Initiations in Children with Autism
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • K. A. Reagon
  • Thomas S. Higbee, Utah State University
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Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
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We trained 3 mothers of children with autism to create, implement, and systematically fade scripts to promote vocal initiations during play. All 3 children’s scripted and unscripted initiations increased after the introduction and fading of scripts, and unscripted initiations were maintained at the 2-week follow-up. The results indicate that parents of children with autism can successfully implement script-fading procedures in their homes and that these procedures are effective methods to increase vocal initiations during play.

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Citation Information
Reagon, K.A. & Higbee, T.S. (2009). Parent-implemented script fading to promote play-based verbal initiations in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 659-664.