Karen E. Gould
D. Daniel Gould
Date of Award
Master of Science
Department or Academic Unit
Bouve College of Health Sciences, Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
psychology, behavioral, equivalence, hearing-impaired, reading
Hearing impaired students - Education, Students with disabilities - Education
Special Education and Teaching
Equivalence technology has been very successful in teaching severely mentally retard individuals, as well as typically developed children to read, spell, learn money concepts, and other basic rudimentary skills. Equivalence is a method for forming stimulus classes.
For a group of stimulus relations to be equivalent they must be reflexive, symmetric, and transitive. Once a group of stimulus relations past all of the fore mentioned tests they are tested for equivalence. After they passes the test for equivalence then they are considered to be an equivalent stimulus class.
Using equivalence technology I will teach a hearing-impaired student to read, and show reading comprehension. There will be two sets of three words in each set. The words have been matched with their corresponding picture and sign. After preliminary tests the student will be taught the to express the sign (D) when given the written word (B) and the corresponding picture (C) (see figure 1). He will also be taught to select the picture (C) and the written word (B) when given the sign (A). The final equivalence test will be the BC relation. This will show that without the use a verbal behavior equivalence classes will be formed.
Sarah Stowell Attwood
Attwood, Sarah Stowell, "The use of stimulus equivalence technology to teach reading and reading comprehension to a hearing impaired student" (2009). Applied Behavioral Analysis Master's Theses. Paper 45. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20000818
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