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Evaluations of Skill Acquisition Training Procedures

Individuals with intellectual disabilities often have skill deficits in several important areas, including academics, self-help, daily living, domestics, leisure, and communication. Research in applied behavior analysis has developed some effective teaching strategies for individuals with intellectual disabilities, but some of the teaching strategies may be difficult for therapists, parents, and teachers to implement. Additional research is needed to determine which methods are most efficient and effective for teaching new skills and can easily be implemented by care providers in a variety of settings. Also, research is needed to determine the mechanisms by which new skills are acquired and generalize to novel stimuli and/or situations. We hypothesize that systematic evaluations of individualized teaching strategies will determine the best ways to teach particular skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities. General practice in teaching strategies for individual with intellectual disabilities may become easier and more efficient as a result of this research.