Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 182–187 | Cite as

Increasing Conversation Using Restricted Access and Chain Schedules of Reinforcement

  • Ashley Murphy
  • James W. MooreEmail author
  • Evan H. Dart
  • Robyn R. Brewer
  • William B. Ford
  • Marshall P. Lundy
  • Meleah Ackley
Brief Practice


The current study examined the effects of chain schedules of reinforcement and restricting access to reinforcement on increasing the number of words used in conversation for an adolescent with autism spectrum disorder. After access to a video game was restricted, the participant had to meet various chain-schedule requirements of responding to regain access. The results demonstrated that the combined procedures were successful in building multiword conversation between the young man, his mother, and/or a therapist. These results expand on existing literature regarding increasing verbal behavior using reinforcement techniques and the literature regarding increasing the use of trained social skills.


Autism spectrum disorder Conversation skills Chain schedules of reinforcement Restricted access to reinforcement 


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Conflict of Interest

All authors certify that there are no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this article.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA
  2. 2.Canopy Children’s SolutionsJacksonUSA

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