The purpose of the current study is to deliver the SSP procedure to children diagnosed with
autism that do not have vocal language. The study will also aim to gather data in the
natural environment using a voice recorder.
The purpose of this study is to teach children with autism who do not produce sounds or
words to vocalize sounds or words by using the stimulus-stimulus pairing (SSP) procedure.
The investigators will use SSP, an intervention based in behavior analysis, to try to help
the child vocalize sounds. A vocal recorder will also be sent home so that the caregiver can
record the child's vocalization at home. The caregiver will then be asked to return this so
that the investigators can listen to it. By doing this, the investigators hope to learn if
the treatment helps increase the child's vocalizations at home. Some children in the study
will receive treatment immediately. Some children may enroll in the study now but not
receive intervention until a later date. All children in the study will receive treatment
within one year of enrolling in the study.
1. Diagnosis of autism
2. Currently do not emit vocalizations or minimally verbal
3. Willingness of the participant's parent/guardian to bring their child to the Marcus
Autism Center for one-hour appointments, five days a week, for six weeks.
1. Children with significant problem behavior that interferes with structured intervention