Functional assessment of instructional variables: Linking assessment and treatment

Tiffany Kodak, Wayne W. Fisher, Andrea Clements, Amber R. Paden, Nitasha R. Dickes

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The purpose of the present investigation was to refine and validate an assessment procedure to identify instructional variables influencing acquisition of conditional discriminations in children diagnosed with autism. An assessment was implemented with eleven individuals to identify the specific instructional variables influencing the individual's responding. A prescribed academic intervention was selected for participants based on the results of the functional assessment. The prescribed intervention was compared to an alternative treatment and control condition. The functional assessment identified several different patterns of responding to instructional variables across participants. The treatment evaluation demonstrated that the prescribed academic intervention was effective in teaching conditional discriminations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1059-1077
Number of pages19
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Academic interventions
  • Auditory-visual conditional discrimination
  • Functional assessment
  • Instructional variables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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