Using Computer Tablets to Assess Preference for Videos in Children with Autism
Using computer tablets, we assessed preference for videos in five children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Then, we provided access to most preferred and less preferred videos contingent on sitting on one of two chairs within a concurrent schedule design. All participants spent consistently more time sitting on the chair associated with the video selected the most often during the preference assessment, indicating that practitioners may use the tablet-based assessment procedure to identify potential video reinforcers for children with ASD in applied settings.
KeywordsAutism Preference assessment Reinforcer Tablet Video
This research project was supported in part by a doctoral research scholarship from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec–Société et Culture to the first author and an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (no. 430-2013-000836) to the second author. We thank Marie-Michèle Dufour for her assistance with the data collection and the École de l’Étincelle for their collaboration in conducting the study.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
All procedures performed in this study were approved by the Research Ethics Board of the Faculté des Arts et Sciences of the Université de Montréal and were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
Informed consent was obtained from the parents of all individual participants included in the study.
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