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September 2019

The use of simulated training and music lessons in teaching appropriate shopping skills to an autistic child

Author(s): Flowers, P. J.

Journal/Book: Music therapy Perspectives. 1984; Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. National Association for Music Therapy 8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 930 20910 Silver Spring, Maryland USA. journal article.

Abstract: This study investigated the effect of simulated training and music lesson reinforcement on the shopping skills of an autistic girl and her ability to transfer these skills to an actual grocery store setting. Behaviors chosed were (a) touching merchandise and (b) proximity to the therapist. Each skill was introduced individually while criteria became progressively more difficult over an 11 day period. Piano lessons were used as reinforcement for successful shopping trials. After 9 days the child was taken to a real grocery store where all selected inappropriate shopping behaviors had been completely eliminated.

Keyword(s): simulation, music-instruction, appropriateness, autism, child, reinforcement.

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