Title

Generalized Action-Object Verbal Instruction-Following byProfoundly Mentally Retarded Adults

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

American Journal of Mental Deficiency

Volume

88

Issue

4

Publication Date

1984

First Page

442

Last Page

445

Abstract

The acquisition of generalized action-object instruction-following by three profoundly mentally retarded adults was investigated. Each subject was taught to follow seven verbal instructions in a stairstep diagonal progression through a 4 X 4 matrix of actions and objects. Probes monitored the occurrence of generalized action-object instruction-following responses within a multiple baseline design. As subjects were taught action-object responses, they responded to novel, untrained instructions that were comprised by recombining previously learned actions and objects. Prior matrix-training language research was systematically replicated, and findings were extended to profoundly retarded adults.

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