Brief Report: An Evaluation of TAGteach Components to Decrease Toe-Walking in a 4-Year-Old Child with Autism


The current study evaluated the effectiveness of using a modified TAGteach™ procedure and correction to decrease toe-walking in a 4-year-old boy with autism. Two conditions were analyzed: correction alone and correction with an audible conditioned reinforcing stimulus. Correction alone produced minimal and inconsistent decreases in toe-walking but correction with an audible conditioned stimulus proved most effective in reducing this behavior. This has implications for decreasing toe-walking in other children with autism and may be easily used by teachers and parents.

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The authors would like to acknowledge Nicholas De La Torre and Jovonnie Esquierdo Leal for their assistance with this project.

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Persicke, A., Jackson, M. & Adams, A.N. Brief Report: An Evaluation of TAGteach Components to Decrease Toe-Walking in a 4-Year-Old Child with Autism. J Autism Dev Disord 44, 965–968 (2014).

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  • Toe-walking
  • TAGteach
  • Autism
  • Conditioned reinforcement