Facilitating the emergence of intraverbal tacts in children with autism spectrum disorder: A preliminary analysis

Nicole M. Rodriguez, Michael A. Aragon, Ciobha A. McKeown, Kathryn R. Glodowski

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Abstract

Intraverbal tacts are an example of multiply controlled verbal behavior. More specifically, they are verbal responses under control of both a nonverbal (visual) stimulus (e.g., a green ball) and a verbal (auditory) stimulus (e.g., “What color?” vs. “What shape?”). Studies have shown that verbal behavior training can be arranged in a way that would lead to the emergence of other verbal operants, including multiply controlled (convergent) intraverbals. Our study sought to evaluate the relevance of a specific set of component skills on the emergence of intraverbal tacts in children with an autism spectrum disorder. Intraverbal tacts were observed only when all component skills were mastered, suggesting that this set of skills was sufficient to produce emergent verbal performance. Preliminary data were obtained on the necessity of 4 of the 6 component skills and tentatively suggest that they may be necessary to produce emergent intraverbal tacts, at least under some conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-429
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • conditional discrimination
  • emergent responding
  • intraverbal tact
  • multiple control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology

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