Effects of a Perseverative Interest-Based Token Economy on Challenging and On-Task Behavior in a Child with Autism

Amarie Carnett, Tracy Raulston, Russell Lang, Amy Tostanoski, Allyson Lee, Jeff Sigafoos, Wendy Machalicek

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Abstract

We compared the effects of a token economy intervention that either did or did not include the perseverative interests of a 7-year-old boy with autism. An alternating treatment design revealed that the perseverative interest-based tokens were more effective at decreasing challenging behavior and increasing on-task behavior than tokens absent the perseverative interest during an early literacy activity. The beneficial effects were then replicated in the child's classroom. The results suggest that perseverative interest-based tokens might enhance the effectiveness of interventions based on token economies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-377
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavioral Education
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

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Carnett, Amarie ; Raulston, Tracy ; Lang, Russell ; Tostanoski, Amy ; Lee, Allyson ; Sigafoos, Jeff ; Machalicek, Wendy. / Effects of a Perseverative Interest-Based Token Economy on Challenging and On-Task Behavior in a Child with Autism. In: Journal of Behavioral Education. 2014 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 368-377.
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