The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 221–234 | Cite as

Teaching the Mand “When?” to Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Talia A. Kahlow
  • Tina M. SidenerEmail author
  • April N. Kisamore
  • Kenneth F. Reeve
Research Article


People diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may need specific teaching to learn mands for information. Unfortunately, little research has been published on methods for teaching the mand “When?” to this population. The purpose of the current study was to replicate and extend previous research by teaching 3 children diagnosed with ASD to mand “When?” by teaching multiple topographies of the mand, measuring mand variability, assessing social validity, interspersing a previously acquired mand for information, using multiple-exemplar training, employing a different experimental preparation, and including participants with different skill sets. All participants (a) learned to mand “When?” only during establishing operation trials (not during abolishing operation trials) within 8 teaching trials, (b) generalized manding with novel items and a novel person and setting, (c) maintained a previously learned mand for information, and (d) maintained skills at follow-up. Upon mastery, 2 participants varied mand topography. Respondents rated the intervention as having high social validity.


Mand When Information Motivating operations 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Behavior AnalysisCaldwell UniversityCaldwellUSA

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