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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

A Comparison of Training Procedures for People with Developmental Disabilities: Current Research

Persons with severe disabilities may show resistance to learning new skills, which makes finding an effective training procedure imperative to skill acquisition. Effective training procedures not only teach necessary skills, but can reduce the likelihood of problem behaviors. There are several training procedures that have received some empirical support, but no comparison has been made between procedures. In this study, the effectiveness of two training procedures, interspersal and preference-based training, will be compared with children who are blind and have severe multiple developmental disabilities. Interspersal training entails combining known tasks with unknown tasks to provide a high rate of rewards. Preference-based teaching involves alternating periods of preferred activities among training trials to make training more enjoyable for the learner. This study is currently ongoing, so data collected and research results will be presented at Scholars Day.

Presenter: Angela Kennelly (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 10 am (Session I)