Kara A. Reagon & Thomas S. Higbee. (2009)
Parent-implemented script fading to promote play-based verbal initiations in children with autism.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis,
We trained 3 mothers of children with autism to create, implement, and
systematically fade scripts to promote vocal initiations during play. All
3 children’s scripted and unscripted initiations increased after the introduction
and fading of scripts, and unscripted initiations were maintained at the 2-week
follow-up. The results indicate that parents of children with autism can
successfully implement script-fading procedures in their homes and that
these procedures are effective methods to increase vocal initiations during play.
DESCRIPTORS: autism, initiations, parent training, play, script fading