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dc.contributor.supervisor Martin, Garry, L. (Psychology) en
dc.contributor.author Verbeke, Aynsley
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-12T17:40:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-12T17:40:11Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-12T17:40:11Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4179
dc.description.abstract Level 6 of the Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities (ABLA) assesses the ease or difficulty with which persons with developmental disabilities (DD) are able to learn a two-choice auditory-visual discrimination. Individuals with DD who have passed ABLA Level 6 are likely to have at least some language skills, and their language is likely to be more complex than those individuals who have not passed Level 6 (Marion et al., 2003). Thus, an individual’s performance on Level 6 of the ABLA may be predictive of the types of language skills he/she will readily learn. Previous research (Verbeke, Martin, Yu & Martin, 2007) demonstrated that an individual’s pass/fail performance on ABLA Level 6 predicted his or her ability to point to pictures of common objects when the tester said the names of the objects. The present research examined whether performance on ABLA Level 6 might predict the ability of a person with a severe DD to learn to say the names of common objects (called tacting). Specifically, this study investigated whether participants who passed ABLA Level 6 (the Auditory-Visual Group – Group 1) would more readily learn object naming behavior (vocal tacts) than those clients who failed ABLA Level 6 (the Visual Group – Group 2). The groups were matched on the Communication Subscale of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale (VABS). Results indicated that: (a) Group 1 met mastery criterion for a significantly larger number of naming responses than Group 2; and (b) the mean number of trials to mastery criterion was significantly lower in Group 1 than in Group 2. The implications for language training are discussed. en
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dc.subject Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities (ABLA) en
dc.subject developmental disabilities en
dc.subject language training en
dc.title Does mastery of ABLA level 6 make it easier for individuals with developmental disabilities to learn to name objects? en
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Yu, Dickie (Psychology) Pear, Joseph (Psychology) Hrycaiko, Dennis (Kinesiology & Recreation Management) Sturmey, Peter (Psychology, City University of New York) en
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en
dc.description.note October 2010 en


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