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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Barlow, Kathryn E
URN etd-08292011-173732
Title Comparing Mand-Training Efficiency with Selection-Based and Topography-Based Communication Systems
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tiger, Jeffrey H. Committee Chair
Esteve, Brian Committee Member
Gresham, Frank M. Committee Member
  • topography-based communication
  • selection-based communication
  • mand-training
Date of Defense 2011-07-29
Availability unrestricted
Alternative communication systems such as picture exchange systems and sign language are

commonly used instructional techniques when teaching verbal operants to individuals with

deficient vocal verbal repertoires, but which response topography is most efficient is highly

debated. Selection-based manding responses and topography-based manding responses were

alternately taught to three boys with severe language deficits in order to determine the relative efficiency of acquisition of each system. The results indicated that selection-based communication systems were more readily acquired across all participants.

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