Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Multiple Exemplar Training

  • Patricio ErhardEmail author
  • Rob El Fattal
  • Nissa Van Etten
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102319-1



Multiple exemplar training (MET), which is also known as multiple exemplar instruction or general case teaching, is a term in applied behavior analysis (ABA) for the use of related stimuli samples during instruction to increase a person’s ability to respond to novel, untrained stimuli (Greer et al. 2005). For example, teaching a child to say “lime” when shown various examples of limes (i.e., photographs, illustrations, physical objects) increases the likelihood that the child will be able to say “lime” when he/she is later shown an untrained image of a lime that possesses some characteristics related to previously taught exemplars. The ability for an individual to deduce that two similar stimuli are related or the same, such as labeling untrained images of limes, is crucial to engage in generative behavior (the ability to “generate” novel behaviors based on previously learned...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricio Erhard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rob El Fattal
    • 2
  • Nissa Van Etten
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.Cultivate Behavioral Health and EducationBee CaveUSA