REPLACING MALADAPTIVE SPEECH WITH VERBAL LABELING RESPONSES: AN ANALYSIS OF GENERALIZED RESPONDING

R. M. Foxx, Gerald D. Faw, Martin J. McMorrow, Martha S. Kyle, Ron G. Bittle

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Abstract

We taught three mentally handicapped students to answer questions with verbal labels and evaluated the generalized effects of this training on their maladaptive speech (e.g., echolalia) and correct responding to untrained questions. The students received cues‐pause‐point training on an initial question set followed by generalization assessments on a different set in another setting. Probes were conducted on novel questions in three other settings to determine the strength and spread of the generalization effect. A multiple baseline across subjects design revealed that maladaptive speech was replaced with correct labels (answers) to questions in the training and all generalization settings. These results replicate and extend previous research that suggested that cues‐pause‐point procedures may be useful in replacing maladaptive speech patterns by teaching students to use their verbal labeling repertoires. 1988 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-417
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1988

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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