Title

Further Investigation of Increasing Vocalizations of Children With Autism With a Speech-Generating Device

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-22-2019

School

Psychology

Abstract

We replicated and extended the findings of Gervarter et al. (2016) by using prompting and reinforcement to produce increased vocal speech with 3 young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who used a speech generating device (SGD). We extended Gervarter et al. by adopting a more robust experimental design, conducting session‐by‐session preference assessments, and measuring the emergence of novel vocalizations. The frequency of vocalizations increased for all 3 participants after the introduction of an echoic prompt. These results suggest that SGD‐based interventions may lead to increased vocal output for children with ASD.

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

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