Efficacy of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior on the on-task behaviors of deaf and hard of hearing students: a single subject study

  • Seyyed Mohammad Sabour Ebrahimi Mail Research Institute for Education, Sanandaj, Iran
  • Bagher Ghobari Bonab Department of Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Keywords:
Differential reinforcement of alternative behavior, deaf and hard of hearing, on-task behaviors

Abstract

Background and Aim: Function-based inter­vention have been shown to have positive increase in social skills of children with behavi­oral problems. The same findings can be potentially applied to the deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) children. The present study examined the efficacy of differential reinforce­ment of alternative behavior (DRA) on the on-task behaviors of deaf and hard of hearing students in school.
Methods: Three subjects from one education center were selected. Multiple baseline design across subjects was utilized. Baseline data were collected through frequent observation of behaviors for each subject. In the intervention phase, three subjects were assigned to DRA programs.
Results: The data from the present study were analyzed by visual inspection and effect size index indicating that DRA was effective on the improvement of on-task behavior of these students.
Conclusion: The results showed that DRA was effective on improvement of academic task behavior of D/HH students.

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2015-11-25
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Ebrahimi SMS, Ghobari Bonab B. Efficacy of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior on the on-task behaviors of deaf and hard of hearing students: a single subject study. Aud Vestib Res. 24(4):224-233.
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