The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 205–224 | Cite as

Evaluation of a Blocked-Trials Procedure to Establish Complex Stimulus Control over Intraverbal Responses in Children with Autism

  • Einar T. Ingvarsson
  • Rachel L. Kramer
  • Charlotte L. Carp
  • Anna I. Pétursdóttir
  • Heather Macias
Special Section: The Intraverbal Relation

Abstract

We evaluated the use of a blocked-trials procedure to establish complex stimulus control over intraverbal responses. The participants were four young boys with a diagnosis of autism who had struggled to master intraverbals. The blocked-trials procedures involved presentation of stimuli in separate trial blocks. The trial blocks gradually reduced in size contingent upon correct responding, until the stimuli were presented in quasi-random order. All participants acquired multiple discriminations with the blocked-trials procedure, although additional procedures were needed to teach the first discrimination with two participants. Following acquisition of multiple discriminations, two participants acquired a novel discrimination with quasi-random presentation of stimuli, and a third participant demonstrated discriminated responding in intraverbal probes.

Keywords

Autism Blocked-trials procedure Conditional discrimination Intraverbal Stimulus control Verbal behavior 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Einar T. Ingvarsson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rachel L. Kramer
    • 2
  • Charlotte L. Carp
    • 3
  • Anna I. Pétursdóttir
    • 4
  • Heather Macias
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Behavior AnalysisUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Child Study CenterFort WorthUSA
  3. 3.McNeese State UniversityLake CharlesUSA
  4. 4.Texas Christian UniversityFort WorthUSA

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