Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Poster Session #96J
DEV Saturday Poster Session
Saturday, May 25, 2024
1:00 PM–3:00 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, Exhibit Hall A
Chair: Gabrielle Morgan (Bay Path University)
95. Blocked Procedure for Teaching Conditional Discriminations: A Literature Review
Area: DEV; Domain: Theory
ROBERTA DIAS (Clínica Terapia ABA), Ana Carolina Sella (Aprendizagem em Pauta)
Discussant: Maithri Sivaraman (Teachers College of Columbia University, USA; Tendrils Centre for Autism, India)

Many individuals with developmental delays and/or intellectual disability (ID) fail to acquire complex verbal behavior. Given the difficulty in teaching conditional discriminations to this population and the results that have already been obtained with the blocked procedure, the purpose of this article was to review the literature on the use of this procedure for teaching conditional discriminations to this population. Articles that met three criteria were included: (a) human participants with developmental delays and/or ID, (b) the goal was to teach conditional discriminations, (c) using the blocked procedure. Specific criteria were used to analyze the studies’ methods and results of the nine articles included in the review. There were variations in the blocked procedure used and the target discriminations in each study. Regarding effectiveness, most studies results did not meet the criteria for stability, level, trend, and non-overlapping data. Future studies should consider conducting a review of other procedures for teaching this repertoire and how other repertoires might influence learning.

96. Preference and Stability of Social Interactions Across Researchers and Time
Area: DEV; Domain: Applied Research
ANGELICA J PEEPER (The Chicago School), Julie A. Ackerlund Brandt (The Chicago School; Yellow Brick Academy)
Discussant: Gabrielle Morgan (Bay Path University)
Abstract: Previous research has demonstrated the reinforcing efficacy of using social interaction as a reinforcer. Use of social interaction as a reinforcer offers several advantages. Social interactions are a commonly delivered consequence and a naturally occurring consequence. Relative to other categories of stimuli, social interactions require minimal preparation and are cost-effective. It can also be delivered in a non-intrusive manner across a multitude of settings. Although stability of preferences for social interactions have been observed across a 12-month period, month to month period, and across a 2-week period, little research has evaluated the stability of preferences for social interactions across researchers. It is possible that there may be deviations in preference for different types of social interaction across some individuals, particularly over an extended period of time. The purpose of the current study is to extend previous research on stability of preferences for social interactions across three researchers with varying levels of familiarity with each participant across weekly, monthly, and a 3-month period.



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