Functional assessment and treatment of perseverative speech about restricted topics in an adolescent with Asperger syndrome.

Wayne W Fisher, Nicole M Rodriguez, Todd M. Owen

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Abstract

A functional analysis showed that a 14-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome displayed perseverative speech (or "restricted interests") reinforced by attention. To promote appropriate speech in a turn-taking format, we implemented differential reinforcement (DR) of nonperseverative speech and DR of on-topic speech within a multiple schedule with stimuli that signaled the contingencies in effect and who was to select the topic. Both treatments reduced perseverative speech, but only DR of on-topic speech increased appropriate turn taking during conversation. Treatment effects were maintained when implemented by family members and novel therapists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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