Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Paper Session #296
Analyzing Sign, PECS, and Speech-Generating Devices for Mand Training
Sunday, May 28, 2017
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 3A
Area: VRB
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Sang Seok Nam (California State Univ, San Bernardino)

Evaluating Acquisition of Picture Exchange-Based vs. Signed Mands and Implications to Teach Functional Communication Skills to Children With Autism

Domain: Theory
SANG SEOK NAM (California State Univ, San Bernardino), Holly Roehsler (California State University, San Bernardino), Jessica Mitchell (California State University, San Bernardino)

A literature review was conducted to describes important concepts involved in functional analysis of verbal behavior as well as to evaluates empirical research findings on acquisition of picture exchange-based vs. signed mands to suggest instructional implications for teachers and therapists to teach functional communication skills to children with autism. Research findings indicate that children with autism acquire picture exchange responses to mand for reinforcing items more easily and rapidly than signed responses. There is also a strong relation between motor imitation, matching skills and sign language acquisition. It is suggested that both motor imitation and matching skills be examined to teach manual signs to children with autism. Speech is the most common response form, but writing, typing, signs, pictures, gestures, or eye gaze should also be considered for manding. A decision making process is proposed to determine a proper communicative form considering abilities and environmental conditions of a child concerned.


Effectiveness of Proloquo2go™ in Enhancing Communication in an Eight-Year-Old Girl With Autism Through Applied Behavior Analysis

Domain: Service Delivery
Meera Ramani (ABA India; Behaviour Enrichment Dubai), MAIRA RIFAT (Behaviour Enrichment Dubai)

Proloquo2Go is an image upheld correspondence application giving a voice to over numerous people who cannot talk. It intends to advance development of relational abilities and encourage dialect improvement for non-verbal children with Autism. This study analyzes the effect of successful intervention for an 8-year-old non verbal girl to ask (mand) successfully for items, objects and activities which prompted more important social starts and cooperation and a decrease in frustration and problem behavior. The presenter will illustrate, through utilization of videos, how the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) can be applied effectively to teach a non-verbal child to request (mand), receptive, Tact and use intra-verbal skills to converse using Proloquo2Go and will show enhancement in academic skills by using prompting/fading/reinforcement and shaping. The paper will likewise introduce points of interest regarding why this application was picked over PECS and signs.




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