Teaching youths with autism to offer assistance.

S. L. Harris, J. S. Handleman, Michael Alessandri

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Three adolescent boys with autism were taught to offer assistance to a person stating inability to complete a task. The study used a multiple baseline across the 3 youths and a multiple baseline across three tasks for each student. Both designs provided clear support for the ability of the youths to discriminate those settings in which offers of assistance were desired. All 3 participants showed relatively rapid acquisition of responding. Generalization was assessed to a new person in the training setting, to a familiar person in a new room at the center, to the mother in the youth's home, and to three novel tasks. Generalization to a new person in the familiar setting was most likely to occur, with very high levels of responding for all 3 youths. Generalization to the other conditions varied across youths, although all 3 boys showed some transfer of skills to all conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-305
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume23
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Teaching youths with autism to offer assistance. / Harris, S. L.; Handleman, J. S.; Alessandri, Michael.

In: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Vol. 23, No. 3, 01.09.1990, p. 297-305.

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Harris, S. L. ; Handleman, J. S. ; Alessandri, Michael. / Teaching youths with autism to offer assistance. In: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 1990 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 297-305.
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