Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 313–317 | Cite as

An Evaluation of Instructive Feedback to Teach Play Behavior to a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Laura L. GrowEmail author
  • Tiffany Kodak
  • Andrea Clements
Brief Practice


Instructive feedback is used to expose learners to secondary targets during skill acquisition programs (Reichow & Wolery, in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 327–340, 2011; Werts, Wolery, Gast, & Holcombe, in Journal of Behavioral Education, 5, 55–75, 1995). Although unrelated feedback may have clinical utility in practice, very little research has evaluated unrelated instructive feedback, particularly for promoting play behavior (Colozzi, Ward, & Crotty, in Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 43, 226–248, 2008). The purpose of the study was to determine if play emerged after embedding instructive feedback during the consequence portion of discrete trial training to teach tacts. An adapted alternating treatments design was used to compare tact training with and without instructive feedback for play behaviors. Instructive feedback resulted in the emergence of play behaviors during tabletop instruction and a play area of a classroom. We discuss the results in terms of clinical practice and future research.


Autism Instructive feedback Play behaviors Tact training 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

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

  • Laura L. Grow
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tiffany Kodak
    • 2
  • Andrea Clements
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State UniversityFresnoUSA
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.University of Nebraska Medical CenterMunroe-Meyer InstituteOmahaUSA

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