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Journal of Behavioral Education

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 252–259 | Cite as

Effects of Language of Instruction on Response Accuracy and Challenging Behavior in a Child with Autism

  • Russell LangEmail author
  • Mandy Rispoli
  • Jeff Sigafoos
  • Giulio Lancioni
  • Alonzo Andrews
  • Lilia Ortega
Original Paper

Abstract

Discrete trial training was delivered using English and Spanish languages to a student with autism from a Spanish-speaking family. An alternating treatments design was used to examine the effects of language of instruction on the child’s response accuracy and challenging behavior. More correct responses and fewer challenging behaviors occurred when instruction was delivered in Spanish compared to English. Results suggest that the language of instruction may be an important variable even when a student initially presents with very little spoken language and comparable scores on English and Spanish standardized language assessments.

Keywords

English language learner Autism Spanish Academics Stereotypy Discrete trial training Challenging behavior 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Lang
    • 1
    • 6
    Email author
  • Mandy Rispoli
    • 2
  • Jeff Sigafoos
    • 3
  • Giulio Lancioni
    • 4
  • Alonzo Andrews
    • 5
  • Lilia Ortega
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinic for Autism Research Evaluation and SupportTexas State University-San MarcosSan MarcosUSA
  2. 2.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  3. 3.The University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  4. 4.University of BariBariItaly
  5. 5.Autism Treatment CenterSan AntonioUSA
  6. 6.Department of Curriculum and InstructionTexas State University-San MarcosSan MarcosUSA

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