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Teaching pronouns to individuals with autism

It is well documented that individuals with autism often have significant difficulty with learning to use pronouns appropriately. It does not appear, however, that published studies have systematically investigated teaching procedures for these skills. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a teaching procedure to increase correct pronoun usage as a listener and speaker across four different pronoun pairs (i.e., mine/yours, I/you, me/you, and my/your) using a multiple‐probe design (across pronoun pairs). One participant with autism was taught to discriminate between mine/yours, I/you, me/you, and my/your as both a listener and a speaker. Generalization of the participant's behavior was obtained across novel instructors, places, and stimuli.

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