Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Paper Session #143
CANCELLED: Implementing The ASKED Model in Applied Settings To Increase Information-Seeking Mands
Sunday, May 28, 2023
9:00 AM–9:25 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 3C
Area: AUT
Chair: Cheryl Ostryn (Russel Sage College)

By using everyday school routines, teachers and other caregivers can implement the ASKED model to teach young children with autism and developmental disabilities to ask wh-questions. Asking wh-questions is an early developmental manding communication, such as a toddler asking, “wats dat?” for “what’s that?” “wer mama?” for “where is mama?” and “hoo dat?” for “who is that?” However, young children with autism and developmental disabilities may not naturally learn how to ask these questions and may need to be explicitly taught using Applied Behavior Analysis. The ASKED model consists of five steps: (1) assimilate list of children’s favorite items and activities, (2) set up the classroom, (3) kick off the question-asking to (4) encourage correct responses, and (5) data collection. This model is an empirically supported instructional strategy for teaching wh-questions, by manipulating environmental variables to elicit question responses that professionals and teachers can implement in various generalized settings. Typically, when young children hear questions in close association to what is happening in their social environments, they learn how to communicate using these questions. This presentation will explain the science and walk the audience through three concrete examples for teaching information-seeking mands.




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