Control over Therapist Interactions as a Reinforcer for a Child with Autism Page: 2
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Edwards, William H., Control over Therapist Interactions as a Reinforcer for a
Child with Autism. Master of Science (Behavior Analysis), August 1999, 32 pp., 4
appendices, 3 figures, references, 19 titles.
This study evaluated whether therapist terminations of social interactions would
decrease social terminations and increase social initiations during play activities with a
child with autism. The assessment took place in two conditions. The first condition,
instructed involved social interactions with instructions delivered, and the second,
uninstructed, involved social interactions without instructions delivered. These
conditions were analyzed with a multiple baseline across-conditions design. Interaction
duration, initiations, instructions, and child terminations were recorded. This study
showed that the therapist-removal procedure resulted in a complete decrease in child
teminations, and an increase in the number of initiations and the duration of the child-
therapist interactions during the uninstructed condition. Similar effects were seen in the
instructed condition, but to a lesser degree.
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Edwards, William Harrison. Control over Therapist Interactions as a Reinforcer for a Child with Autism, thesis, August 1999; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278765/m1/2/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .