Teaching the Conditional Use of Communicative Requests to Two School-Age Children With Severe Developmental Disabilities Purpose Two boys with severe developmental disabilities were taught to conditionally use requests to obtain desired snack items. Method When items were in the possession of another person (teacher, peer) or proximally distant, learners were taught to emit communicative requests. When items were proximally near, learners engaged in ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 1999
Teaching the Conditional Use of Communicative Requests to Two School-Age Children With Severe Developmental Disabilities
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Joe Reichle
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Susan S. Johnston
    University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: reich001@umn.edu
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Research Article   |   October 01, 1999
Teaching the Conditional Use of Communicative Requests to Two School-Age Children With Severe Developmental Disabilities
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1999, Vol. 30, 324-334. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3004.324
History: Received July 22, 1998 , Accepted April 5, 1999
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1999, Vol. 30, 324-334. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3004.324
History: Received July 22, 1998; Accepted April 5, 1999

Purpose Two boys with severe developmental disabilities were taught to conditionally use requests to obtain desired snack items.

Method When items were in the possession of another person (teacher, peer) or proximally distant, learners were taught to emit communicative requests. When items were proximally near, learners engaged in a self-selecting response.

Results Results suggest that the conditional discriminations were established quickly. Both learners generalized their conditional discriminations to other contexts within the classroom.

Clinical Implications This study demonstrates the importance of attending to conditional discriminations when teaching communication requests.

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