This study was conducted in order to determine the effectiveness of systematically thinning noncontingent reinforcement procedures and enriching differential reinforcement of alternative behavior procedures in order to reduce severe problem behaviors and increase functionally alternative responses across three children with autism spectrum disorder. Firstly, noncontingent reinforcement was presented in order to decrease problem behaviors. Secondly, systematic increases based on the percentage of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior procedures occurred in order to thin out NCR procedures and increase functional communication. Results across all three participants illustrated a significant decrease in problem behaviors and an increase in functional communication.
|Commitee:||Parks, Natalie, Spear, Jack|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Applied Behavioral Analysis|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Autism, Differential Reinforcement, Noncontingent Reinforcement, Problem behaviors|
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