Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effects of Non-Contingent Reinforcement and Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behaviors on the Reduction of Problem Behaviors and Acquisition of Alternative Responses for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Knowles-Cervantes, Mary F., Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020, 96; 27740109
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zhang, Dorothy
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
Publication Number: 27740109
ISBN: 9798672104720
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