Title

Identification of Olfactory Stimuli as Reinforcers in Individuals with Autism: APreliminary Investigation

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Behavioral Interventions

Volume

23

Publisher

Wiley

Publication Date

2008

First Page

97

Last Page

103

Abstract

Preference for six olfactory stimuli was assessed via paired preference assessments with three adults with autism. Using a combination multielement and reversal design, a reinforcer assessment was then conducted to determine the extent to which three (high preference, medium preference, and low preference) of the six olfactory stimuli evaluated in the preference assessment functioned as reinforcers for responding in the context of a sorting task. Relative to baseline, all of the participants exhibited increased responding for access to their high preference olfactory stimulus. The utility of olfactory stimuli as components of behavior intervention plans is discussed.

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