TITLE

Modifying Attending -to- Work Behavior of a Learning Disabled Child

AUTHOR(S)
Novy, Pamela; Burnett, Joseph; Powers, Maryann; Sulzer-Azaroff, Beth
PUB. DATE
April 1973
SOURCE
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Apr1973, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p217
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A token reinforcement system was used to modify the attending-to-work behavior of a 9-year-old boy selected as the subject from a special classroom for the learning disabled. During Phase A, the baseline phase, he was attending to his work for an average of 60 percent of the time during a 30-minute period. (Data were taken at 10-second intervals.) During Phase B, when reinforcement for at- tending to work was instituted, the boy attended to his work an average of 88 percent of the 30-minute time period. The reversal phase showed the boy's rate for attention to work to drop to an average of 67 percent. To earn a token, the boy had to attend to his work consistently for five minutes, and was notified of earning a token by a light signal Five tokens were needed to purchase one of the back-up rein forcers. In this study, attending-to-work behavior of a learning disabled child was amenable to the modification procedure of token reinforcement.
ACCESSION #
18962743

 

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