Discriminated Functional Communication for Attention: Evaluating Fixed and Varied Durations of Reinforcer Availability

Kaitlin E. Balka, Nicole L. Hausman, Erin Schaller, Sungwoo Kahng

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Abstract

Discriminated functional communication (DFC) training has been used to teach children to attend to naturally occurring discriminative stimuli when manding for attention. In this study, the participant was taught to only mand for attention during experimenter non-busy periods. The participant could only discriminate busy and non-busy activities during more naturalistic varied reinforcer availability periods following prior exposure to a fixed duration of availability. These data suggest that DFC may first have to be taught under more predictable conditions prior to transitioning to more naturalistic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-218
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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