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The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 59–69 | Cite as

Comparing Acquisition of Exchange-Based and Signed Mands With Children With Autism

  • Kathryn E. Barlow
  • Jeffrey H. Tiger
  • Sarah K. Slocum
  • Sarah J. Miller
Research Article

Abstract

Therapists and educators frequently teach alternative-communication systems, such as picture exchanges or manual signs, to individuals with developmental disabilities who present with expressive language deficits. Michael (1985) recommended a taxonomy for alternative communication systems that differentiated between selection-based systems in which each response is topographically identical (e.g., card selection and exchange systems) and topography-based systems in which each response is topographically distinct (e.g., signed language). We compared the efficiency of training picture exchanges and signs with 3 participants who presented with severe language deficits; all participants acquired the picture-exchange responses more readily.

Key words

autism mands picture exchanges selection-based communication signs topography-based communication verbal behavior 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn E. Barlow
    • 1
  • Jeffrey H. Tiger
    • 2
  • Sarah K. Slocum
    • 3
  • Sarah J. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Louisiana State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.University of FloridaUSA

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