The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 3–13 | Cite as

An Assessment of Self-Echoic Behavior in Young Children

  • John W. EschEmail author
  • Barbara E. Esch
  • Jordon D. McCart
  • Anna Ingeborg Petursdottir


In the behavioral literature, self-echoic behavior has been hypothesized to play an important role in, for example, emergent conditional discriminations (e.g., Lowenkron, 1991), emergent verbal operants(Horne & Lowe, 1996), and problem solving (Skinner, 1957). Although early behavioral intervention programs for children with autism emphasize the establishment of accurate echoic repertoires, the type of stimulus control that defines a self-echoic response is typically not addressed. We report the development of a self-echoic assessment procedure that was administered to children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Preliminary results indicated that a discrepancy between echoic and selfechoic repertoires was more likely to be present among participants with autism than among typically developing participants. Future research should evaluate the extent to which interventions to establish self-echoic responding might produce other collateral benefits.

Key words

echoic self-echoic verbal behavior language assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Esch
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara E. Esch
    • 1
  • Jordon D. McCart
    • 2
  • Anna Ingeborg Petursdottir
    • 2
  1. 1.Esch Behavior Consultants, Inc.KalamazooUSA
  2. 2.Texas Christian UniversityUSA

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