Generalized Use of Past Tense Verbs in Children with Autism Following a Sufficient Exemplar Training Procedure

Sigmund ELDEVIK , Ellie KAZEMI, Greg ELSKY


The purpose of this study was to validate a procedure for sufficient exemplar training that can potentially lead to generalized responding. Based on this procedure, we taught four children with autism, generalized use of regular past tense verbs. We applied a non-concurrent multiple baseline design across the participants. The dependent variable was the number of verbs that needed to be trained for generalization to untrained verbs to occur. The number of verbs that needed to be trained varied considerably across participants as did the number of trials. We concluded that the procedure was validated and that it was easy to implement and it allows for individualization. We discuss the practical implications of our findings for teaching a wide range of skills using the same type of training procedure and data display strategies we provided in this study. 


Sufficient exemplar training, Autism, Generalized responding, Past tense

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Special Education
Pages 485 - 498
Issue IEJEE, Volume 9, Issue 2, Special Issue: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Approaches to Training, Teaching, and Treatment
Date of acceptance 01 November 2016
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Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway


California State University, United States


Behavioral Learning Network, United States


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