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

TitleThe influence of matching and motor-imitation abilities on rapid acquisition of manual signs and exchange-based communicative responses.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsGregory MK, DeLeon IG, Richman DM
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume42
Issue2
Pagination399-404
Date Published2009 Summer
Abstract

Establishing a relation between existing skills and acquisition of communicative responses may be useful in guiding selection of alternative communication systems. Matching and motor-imitation 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.

DOI10.1177/0883073809350221
Alternate JournalJ Appl Behav Anal