Title

An Additive Analysis of Lag Schedules of Reinforcement and Rules on Novel Responses of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2020

School

Psychology

Abstract

© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Lag schedules of reinforcement have been found to be useful in addressing invariant behavior of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The purpose of this study was to conduct an additive analysis of lag schedules and rules. Three participants with ASD were exposed to a Lag 2 schedule of reinforcement in isolation. Following, participants were introduced to an incomplete rule and then a complete rule regarding reinforcement in conjunction with the lag schedule. Results indicated that lag schedules in isolation were generally sufficient for increasing novel responding. The addition of incomplete and complete rules often resulted in increases, albeit small, in novel responding. Results are discussed in terms of applied use of lag schedules of reinforcement and addressing nonresponse.

Publication Title

Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

Volume

32

Issue

3

First Page

395

Last Page

408

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