Generalized Reflexive Responding and Cross-Modal Tactile Transfer of Stimulus Function in Children with Autism
We sought to evaluate the efficacy of successive matching training for establishing generalized reflexive matching across 4 children with autism. In Experiment 1, differential reinforcement with delay fading was efficacious in establishing "yes" and "no" matching and nonmatching responses in 2 participants when 2 identical or nonidentical picture stimuli were presented. In addition, emergent visual-visual reflexive relational responses were observed using novel picture stimuli in a transfer test phase. In Experiment 2, differential reinforcement alone was efficacious in establishing matching and nonmatching responses in the other 2 participants when 2 identical or nonidentical objects were presented. Transfer to identical objects presented through touch (i.e., tactile discrimination) was additionally observed for both participants. Procedures in the study were adapted from the PEAK Relational Training System to aid in clinical replication, and the translational results have implications for language training with individuals with autism.
Autism, PEAK, Reflexivity, Stimulus equivalence
Belisle, Jordan, Kate Huggins, Meghan Doherty, Caleb R. Stanley, and Mark R. Dixon. "Generalized Reflexive Responding and Cross-Modal Tactile Transfer of Stimulus Function in Children with Autism." The Analysis of Verbal Behavior 36, no. 2 (2020): 233-250.
The Analysis of Verbal Behavior