Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 335–342 | Cite as

Using Pictures Depicting App Icons to Conduct an MSWO Preference Assessment on a Tablet Device

  • Audrey N. HoffmannEmail author
  • Anna M. Brady
  • Ryan T. Paskins
  • Tyra P. Sellers
Research Article


Identifying preferred content on tablet devices may be important when using such devices in programming. This study included six adults with disabilities and examined using laminated picture cards depicting application (app) icons to conduct multiple-stimulus without replacement (MSWO) preference assessments of iPad content. Following identification of preference hierarchies, we conducted reinforcer assessments to validate preference assessment results by demonstrating that selected apps functioned as reinforcers. We identified preference hierarchies for all participants, and the highest preferred app functioned as a reinforcer for a vocational task in five out of six participants’ reinforcer assessments.


MSWO Preference assessment Tablet device 



The authors thank Sandra Smith and staff members at the Cache Employment and Training Center for their collaboration throughout this project.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Audrey N. Hoffmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anna M. Brady
    • 2
  • Ryan T. Paskins
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tyra P. Sellers
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EducationNorthern Vermont University-JohnsonJohnsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Special Education and RehabilitationUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  3. 3.Department of Rehabilitation and CounselingUniversity of Wisconsin-StoutMenomonieUSA
  4. 4.Behavior Analyst Certification BoardLittletonUSA

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