The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 135–144 | Cite as

The Effects of Deprivation, Presession Exposure, and Preferences on Teaching Manding to Children with Autism



The effects of at least 23-hr deprivation, 5-min presession exposure, and individual preference on the acquisition of mands were investigated in these studies. Two boys who were 2.5 years old and diagnosed with autism participated in the studies. Preference assessments were conducted to identify preference levels of various toys. Toys of various preferences were then assigned to either a 23-hr deprivation or 5- min presession exposure condition for mand training. Both deprivation and preference level affected acquisition of mands. Implications for teaching children to mand are discussed.

Key words

establishing operations preferences manding autism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireEau ClaireUSA

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