A Sequential Analysis of Therapist and Child Social Behavior Following a Conditioned Reinforcement Procedure

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We conducted a contingency analysis to evaluate if a sequential relation between social initiations and positive social responses increased for both therapists and children with autism following a conditioned reinforcement procedure. Participants included child-therapist dyads, which were previously identified as having low rapport. These dyads were observed prior to and following an intervention designed to establish therapists' social behavior as a reinforcer. Sessions consisted of unstructured play between the therapist and child. Results from a Yule's Q analysis show that both the child and adult positive responding to the others' social initiations increased following the intervention. Findings highlight the reciprocal ... continued below

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Cortez, Kristi Cathleen May 2016.

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We conducted a contingency analysis to evaluate if a sequential relation between social initiations and positive social responses increased for both therapists and children with autism following a conditioned reinforcement procedure. Participants included child-therapist dyads, which were previously identified as having low rapport. These dyads were observed prior to and following an intervention designed to establish therapists' social behavior as a reinforcer. Sessions consisted of unstructured play between the therapist and child. Results from a Yule's Q analysis show that both the child and adult positive responding to the others' social initiations increased following the intervention. Findings highlight the reciprocal effects of therapist-child interactions as well as the effectiveness of establishing social attention as a reinforcer via an operant discrimination training procedure.

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Cortez, Kristi Cathleen. A Sequential Analysis of Therapist and Child Social Behavior Following a Conditioned Reinforcement Procedure, thesis, May 2016; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc849669/: accessed April 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .