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Project Title

Project Title

Do children with autism spectrum disorders prefer predictable schedules?

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Dickson, Chata

Description

Description

Transitions between activities have been shown to be problematic for individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In order to decrease problem behavior associated with transitions, some researchers have attempted to enhance their predictability using picture schedules that outline a series of upcoming events or tasks. Some studies have shown a resulting reduction in problem behavior associated with transitions. There are conflicting findings, however, with respect to the effects of adding stimuli with the goal of enhancing predictability. In this study, we evaluated participant preference for predictability (schedule-correlated stimuli) in a classroom setting. This study consisted of two phases: (1) an exposure phase and (2) a preference phase. The purpose of the exposure phase was to establish a history of reinforcement for responding under two different schedules of reinforcement, each with a schedule-correlated stimulus. These stimuli and the corresponding schedules were used as components of the activity schedules in the preference phase, where participants chose between activity schedules with and without schedule-correlated stimuli. To date, one participant has shown preference for predictability. The research is ongoing.

Funder

Funder

The New England Center for Children

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

1795

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

No link available.

Institution

Institution

New England Center for Children (NECC)

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Do children with autism spectrum disorders prefer predictable schedules? | 1750 | 2014 |

 
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