The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 119–124 | Cite as

Training and Generalization of Peer-Directed Mands With Non-vocal Children With Autism



The current investigation evaluated the effects of extinction and prompts on training and generalization of peer-directed mands for preferred items using a picture exchange communication system with 2 children diagnosed with autism. Results showed that independent mands with a peer increased during treatment for both participants, generalized to a novel peer without explicit training for 1 participant and following training for the second participant, and maintained in a more naturalistic setting that simulated a free-play activity in a classroom.

Key words

autism extinction mand picture exchange communication system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences5208 University of OregonEugeneUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer InstituteUSA

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