A comparison of two procedures for increasing spontaneous requests in children with autism

Sigafoos, Jeff & Saggers, Beth (1995) A comparison of two procedures for increasing spontaneous requests in children with autism. European Journal on Mental Disability, 2(6), pp. 11-24.


The missing-item format and interrupted behaviour chain strategy have been used to increase spontaneous requests among children with developmental disabilities, but their relative effectiveness has not been compared. The present study compared the extent to which each strategy evoked spontaneous requests and challenging behaviour in three children with autism. Sessions where a needed item was withheld (missing-item format) were compared to sessions involving the removal of a needed item (interrupted behaviour chain strategy). Comparisons were conducted across three activates in an alternating treatments design. Both strategies evoked spontaneous requests with no significant difference in effectiveness. Few differences were obtained in the amount of challenging behaviour evoked but the two conditions, although a moderate inverse relationship between spontaneous requesting and challenging behaviour was observed. The results suggest that theses two procedures yield similar outcomes. Concurrent use of both strategies may enable teachers to create a greater number of opportunities for requesting.

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ID Code: 30316
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
ISSN: 1252-2953
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2010 22:34
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:20

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