Publications by authors named "Rebecca A Doggett"

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Acquisition of multiple questions in the context of social conversation in children with autism.

J Autism Dev Disord 2013 Sep;43(9):2015-25

Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490, USA.

Verbal initiations, such as questions, are essential components of social conversation often lacking in children with autism. Building on research showing that single questions can be taught in isolation, this study used a multiple baseline design to investigate whether a self-management intervention was effective for teaching concurrent acquisition and discrimination of three social questions in the context of conversation. Following intervention, participants rapidly increased their appropriate use of all three questions in a conversational context and maintained these gains over time. The participants also used questions appropriately with partners uninvolved in treatment. Additionally, the occasional presence of appropriate questions during baseline coupled with rapid improvement during intervention support theories that a lack of question-asking may be motivation-based rather than ability-based.
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