Use of the high-probability instructional sequence and escape extinction in a child with food refusal

Jennifer E. Dawson, Cathleen C. Piazza, Bart M. Sevin, Charles S. Gulotta, Dorothea Lerman, Mary Lou Kelley

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We used the high-probability (high-p) instructional sequence with and without escape extinction in the treatment of food refusal. Acceptance increased and refusal decreased only with the introduction of escape extinction. These results raise important questions about the high-p sequence in the treatment of food refusal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-108
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003



  • Escape behavior
  • Food refusal
  • High-probability sequence
  • Negative reinforcement
  • Pediatric feeding disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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