General Case Programing of Compliance to Instruction for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

  • Kerri L. Walters
  • Stephen W. Holborn
  • James Ediger

Previous research has demonstrated an increase in compliance to instructions during training sessions; however, treatment strategies generally have failed to convincingly demonstrate transfer of compliance to the natural environment. The effects of General Case Programing in producing generalized compliance to instruction were investigated. Utilizing a replication design across participants with generalization probes, 3 adults with developmental disabilities were systematically trained with and without generalization programing strategies. The first two participants were trained using single-instance, multiple-instance, and General Case Programing strategies, while the third participant received only General Case Programing. Consistent and substantial generalization of instructional compliance for all 3 participants was produced only after introduction of General Case Programing.


instructional compliance developmental disabilities general case programing 



The authors are grateful to staff and residents for their involvement and support throughout the research. We wish to acknowledge Carole Marion, Gina Sakko, Toby Martin, Aynsley Verbeke, Ashleigh Rogocki, Kristen Campbell, Lysianne Kolt, and Mike Rogers for their contributions to the research. This research was supported by the Sister Bertha Baumann Research Awards Grant 41880.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kerri L. Walters
    • 2
    • 1
  • Stephen W. Holborn
    • 2
  • James Ediger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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