TAGteach – Using Clicker Training with Humans, continued

TAGteach – Using Clicker Training with Humans, continued

At the 2009 ABAI conference, there were several presentations on TAGteach. The abstract for one of these, An Auditory Marker as a Secondary Reinforcer in the Shaping of Specific Behaviors in Children with Autism, by Jeff E. Oostyen (Focus Psychological Services), is given below:

This study examined the training of two behaviors (maintaining proximity and eye contact) in six children with Autism. An auditory marker, or TAG (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance) was employed as a secondary reinforcer for shaping the desired behaviors. The intervention followed the tenet of Applied Behavior Analysis and learning theory. The study was directed by personnel with TAGteach certification. A multiple single case design with a multiple baseline across behaviors design was utilized to implement the intervention, as well as increase the ease of collecting data. The interventions took place in a natural environmental setting where each child’s behaviors were ecologically balanced. The data supported the efficacy of the intervention, but only in the context of training a child with Autism. Following full implementation, the rate of reinforcement was methodically reduced. The data indicated that the behaviors could be maintained at a level well above baseline. The implications of these results are discussed.

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