The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 155–161 | Cite as

Using Transfer Procedures to Teach Tacts to a Child with Autism

  • Mary L. Barbera
  • Richard M. KubinaJr.


This applied study attempted to evaluate a combination of transfer procedures commonly used to teach tacts to children with autism. A receptive to echoic to tact transfer and an echoic to tact transfer procedure were combined during 5-min instructional sessions to teach tacts to a seven-year-old vocal child with autism. A multiple baseline design across three sets of ten tacts was used. Without the teaching procedure, the child acquired no target tacts. With the 5-min teaching procedure implemented first with Set 1 then with Sets 2 and 3, respectively, the child acquired thirty new tacts over sixty teaching sessions. The results have wide application for children with and without autism who need instruction to learn tacts.

Key words

teaching tacts receptive echoic to tact transfer procedures autism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior ProjectUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational and School Psychology and Special EducationThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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