Research  |   August 2008
Teaching a Young Child With Autism to Request Assistance Conditionally: A Preliminary Study
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Joe Reichle
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Patricia L. Dropik
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Elizabeth Alden-Anderson
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Tom Haley
    Minnesota Autism Center, Minnetonka
  • Contact author: Joe Reichle, 115 Shevlin Hall, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455. E-mail: reich001@umn.edu.
Special Populations / Autism Spectrum
Research   |   August 2008
Teaching a Young Child With Autism to Request Assistance Conditionally: A Preliminary Study
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology August 2008, Vol.17, 231-240. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/022)
History: Accepted 12 Nov 2007 , Received 19 Jan 2007
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology August 2008, Vol.17, 231-240. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/022)
History: Accepted 12 Nov 2007 , Received 19 Jan 2007

Purpose: Investigators taught a 5-year-old boy with autistic disorder and severe language delay to conditionally use requests for assistance.

Method: A within-participant multiple-probe design across 3 functional tasks was implemented in order to evaluate the child’s acquisition and conditional use of requests for assistance during intervention with each task.

Results: Results indicated initial acquisition of requests for assistance followed by a brief period of overgeneralization. As independence in completing a task increased, requests for assistance correspondingly decreased. The participant’s conditional use of requests for assistance and independent task completion were sustained across time.

Conclusion: This study highlights the need to assess conditional use of newly taught communicative behavior.

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