This is June’s episode of The Hoot Chronicles and you can listen to it on our podcast Chirping with ABA Owls. This should take you to our podcast page or you can listen on iTunes, Podbean and other podcasting apps.
Every month, we discuss a book or article(s) that we find interesting – For this episode, Lauren will take us through an article called: Behavioral training for pill-swallowing difficulties in young children with autisitic disorder by Ghuman, Cataldo, Beck and Slifer. It was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and is from 2004.
What is the topic?
This study targeted the increase of pill swallowing behaviours in children aged 5 years old and upwards.
Who should read this article?
Anyone who works in the field of behavioural analysis, people who work with individuals with ASD, parents who need advice on how to encourage pill swallowing and other professionals and carers.
The therapists who ran the study used multiple teaching strategies to teach these children to swallow pills, which included instructions, modelling, gestural prompts, physical prompts and visual aids (a small poster with an actual example of each of the increasingly larger practice pills).
They (the therapists) gradually moved through the different sizes based on a set criteria of mastery, when they were confidently able to swallow pills of a certain size they would move to a bigger size pill. The child would receive reinforcement after successfully swallowing the pill.
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Where can you get the article?
There are various online platforms, such as google scholar, wiley library, research gate, etc.
We found this particular article in the research gate website and in the National Library of Medicine.
Ghuman, J. K., Cataldo, M. D., Beck, M. H. & Slifer, K. J. (2004). Behavioral Training for Pill-Swallowing Difficulties in Young Children with Autistic Disorder. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 14(4), 601-11. doi:10.1089/cap.2004.14.601
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Carla and Lauren