Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 396–400 | Cite as

Comparison of Traditional and Embedded DTT on Problem Behavior and Responding to Instructional Targets

  • Shaji S. HaqEmail author
  • Jenna Aranki
Brief Practice


Embedded discrete trial training (DTT) involves the presentation of instructional targets in an activity-based situation, and serves as an alternative to traditional, table-top instruction (Geiger, Carr, LeBlanc, Hanney, Polick, et al. Behavior Analysis in Practice 5, 49–59, 2012). The current study compared the effects of Traditional and Embedded DTT on responding to instructional targets and problem behavior for one child with autism. Although the results showed similar levels of accuracy for instructional targets across both conditions, there were more target exposures and no problem behavior during Embedded DTT. The results are discussed along with future directions for research and clinical practice.


Antecedent interventions Embedded discrete trial training Problem behavior Skill acquisition Traditional discrete trial training 



Data were collected while the authors were affiliated with Trumpet Behavioral Health. We thank Amy Williams, Jessica O’Donnell, and Naomi Melendez for their assistance with this study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Shaji Haq and Jenna Aranki declare they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures 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 the guardian of the participant in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Behavioral Sciences, Inc.IrvineUSA
  2. 2.EastersealsTorranceUSA

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