The influence of matching and motor-imitation abilities onrapid acquisition of manual signs and exchange-based communicative responses

Meagan K. Gregory, Iser G. Deleon, David M. Richman

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Abstract

Establishing a relation between existing skills and acquisition of communicative responses may be useful in guiding selection of alternative communication systems. Matching and motorimitation skills were assessed for 6 children with developmental disabilities, followed by training to request the same set of preferred items using exchange-based communication and manual signs. Three participants displayed both skills and rapidly acquired both communicative response forms. Three others displayed neither skill; 1 mastered exchange-based responses but not manual signs, and neither of the other 2 easily acquired either response form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-404
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Alternative and augmentative communication
  • Autism
  • Matching to sample
  • Motor imitation

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