This study investigated performance under and preference for continuous and discontinuous
work-reinforcer schedules in 3 students who had been diagnosed with autism. Under continuous
schedules, participants completed all work and consumed all reinforcers in contiguous units.
Under discontinuous schedules, work and reinforcer access were broken up into smaller units.
During the alternating-schedules phase, session duration was shorter in the continuous schedule
for 2 participants. During free choice, all 3 participants preferred the continuous work schedule.
Anne Catherine Denning is a BCBA and an ACE (Approved Continuing Education) Provider with Consultants for Children, Inc. approved by the BACB.
Anne has a passion for improving the quality of providers in the Autism Intervention category and is a Behavior Analyst. She leads cases and supervises RBTs, BCaBAs and BCBAs and keeps her content material relevant and based on recent research.