A multiple baseline design across participants was used to demonstrate the effects of a scripttraining
procedure on the peer-to-peer communication of 3 children with autism spectrum
disorder during group play with peers. Both scripted and unscripted initiations as well as responses
to peers increased for all 3 participants. Stimulus generalization across novel toys, settings, and
peers was observed. Novel unscripted initiations, responses, and appropriate changes in topics
during peer-to-peer exchanges were analyzed by considering the cumulative frequency of these
behaviors across phases of the study. Treatment gains were maintained during 4-week follow-up
sessions. Results are discussed in terms of recommendations for practitioners, response variability,
and potential future avenues of research.
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.