The current study replicated an enhanced stimulus-stimulus pairing (SSP) procedure used by Esch et al. (Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 42: 42–225, 2009) for increasing vocalizations in children with autism. The enhanced SSP procedure consisted of pairing target vocalizations with high-preference items, interspersed target and nontarget trials, an observing response, and the presentation of the vocalizations in “motherese” speech. Results showed substantial increases in target vocalizations above baseline levels and above nontarget vocalizations for two of three participants.
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This study is based on a thesis submitted by the first author, under the supervision of the second author, to the Psychology Department at Caldwell College for the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis.
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Rader, L., Sidener, T.M., Reeve, K.F. et al. Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing of Vocalizations: A Systematic Replication. Analysis Verbal Behav 30, 69–74 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40616-014-0012-0