A comparison of general and specific instructions to promote task engagement and completion by a young man with asperger syndrome

Kelly J. Bouxsein, Jeffrey H. Tiger, Wayne W. Fisher

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Abstract

Previous research has suggested that the topography of instructions (general vs. specific) may influence the likelihood that young children comply with instructions. The purpose of the current study was to compare the rates of task completion of a young man diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when provided with general and specific instructions pertaining to the task. The results showed that specific instructions occasioned higher levels of task completion, even when no differential reinforcement contingencies were in place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-116
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Asperger syndrome
  • General versus specific instructions
  • Goal setting
  • On-task behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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