Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 188–193 | Cite as

Effects of Presession Pairing on Preference for Therapeutic Conditions and Challenging Behavior

  • Ashley M. LugoEmail author
  • Paige E. McArdle
  • Melissa L. King
  • John C. Lamphere
  • Janelle A. Peck
  • Hanna J. Beck
Brief Practice


The current study examined child preference for presession therapeutic conditions. A 4-year-old female diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was exposed to three conditions in a concurrent-chains arrangement: presession pairing (PSP) prior to the onset of discrete-trial instruction (DTI), free play (FP) prior to DTI, or immediate onset of DTI. Initial link selections in the concurrent-chains arrangement suggested a relative preference for the PSP condition across multiple therapists. Negative vocalizations decreased across all conditions following implementation of the concurrent-chains arrangement with no differentiation between therapeutic conditions.


Concurrent chains Early intervention Presession pairing Rapport 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

No authors have a conflict.

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 Psychology, Munroe-Meyer InstituteUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, College of EducationSoutheast Missouri State UniversityCape GirardeauUSA
  3. 3.Department of Educational Psychology, College of EducationUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  4. 4.University Autism CenterSoutheast Missouri State UniversityCape GirardeauUSA
  5. 5.Potential, Inc.NewtownUSA

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