Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effects of a Vibrating Pager Prompt on the Pace of Eating Exhibited by Neurotypical Children Who Eat Slowly
by Burich, Reana, M.S., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2019, 53; 27542877
Abstract (Summary)

Slow eating is a common problem among typically developing children and can lead to caregivers having to constantly remind their children to eat faster. Not finishing a meal in a reasonable time can also lead to other concerns such as going to school hungry, going to sleep later, problem behavior at school, and missed social opportunities. To evaluate a solution to this issue, this study assessed the effects of a vibrating pager prompt on the interresponse time (IRT) between bites taken by neurotypical children who eat slowly. The participants were 2 typically developing girls, ages 5 and 8, who had a history of eating slowly. The participants were trained to take bites following a pager tone and vibration. The pager was then introduced during mealtimes. The tone was systematically faded until the pager only vibrated. The pager interval was also decreased. Following intervention, a generalization probe was conducted in which the participants were observed eating without wearing the pager. The results demonstrate that the pager prompt was effective at decreasing the IRT between bites, and faster eating maintained when the tone was faded and the interval was decreased. Faster eating also maintained during the generalization probe in the absence of the pager.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beers, Jennifer
Commitee: Aclan, Megan
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Applied Behavioral Analysis
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/5(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Nutrition, Psychology
Keywords: Pager prompt, Prompt fading, Slow eating, Stimulus control
Publication Number: 27542877
ISBN: 9781392746790
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