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.
|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|
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