Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Paper Session #173
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching and Assessing Cornhole as a Leisure Activity in Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Sunday, May 28, 2023
11:00 AM–11:25 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1C/D
Area: DDA
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Katarina Alice Rotta (Western Michigan University)
CE Instructor: Katarina Alice Rotta, M.A.
Teaching and Assessing Cornhole as a Leisure Activity in Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Domain: Applied Research
KATARINA ALICE ROTTA (Western Michigan University), Alan D. Poling (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Leisure has long been identified as a critical component of a healthy lifestyle. One population that displays extremely low levels of leisure activity is people with developmental disabilities, which is concerning because previous research has identified a positive correlation between leisure activity and quality of life among such individuals. The purpose of the present project was to teach and assess cornhole as a leisure activity for seven young adults with developmental disabilities. Study 1 assessed points scored with four versions of cornhole and preference for those versions. Study 2 evaluated a procedure intended to teach participants to keep score. And a free-operant preference assessment was conducted before Study 1 and after Study 2 to determine whether preference for cornhole changed as a function of participating in the project. The data revealed the following: (a) while all participants scored the most points when playing cornhole at a shorter distance, they did not consistently prefer those versions, (b) corrective feedback and modeling were successful in teaching all participants how to keep score, and (c) most participants demonstrated a stronger preference for cornhole after participating in the present project. The application of these findings and suggestions for future research will be discussed.



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