Teaching Direct Select Color Encoding to an Adolescent with Multiple Handicaps

Linda R. Hinderscheit, Joe Reichle

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An 18-year-old woman who was severely intellectually delayed and physically handicapped was taught a direct select color encoding strategy as a potential means of increasing the available vocabulary on her communication board. Teaching procedures involved the establishment of a chained matching-to-sample procedure. This procedure eventually resulted in the learner selecting a color, followed by the selection of an explicit symbol that corresponded to an object sample. The encoding was maintained and generalized to untrained exemplars. Implications for augmentative and alternative communication intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1987


  • aided approach
  • color encoding
  • communication board,errorless learning
  • match-to-sample
  • multiple correspondence
  • physically handicapped
  • severely intellectually delayed
  • time delay


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