Safety training

Paige was an adolescent with severe intellectual disability who lived with her parents. She was starting high school this year. Because the high school was near their house, her parents decided to let her walk to school. However, Paige walked into an intersection without looking when her parents practiced walking to school with her. The parents wanted to eliminate Paige’s behavior of walking into an intersection without looking and replace it with the behavior of stopping on the curb, looking at the walk sign, looking both ways, and walking only if the walk sign was lit and there was no traffic in the intersection. They practiced at the traffic light between their home and the high school. When Paige approached the intersection, the parents used prompts to get Paige to engage in the appropriate behavior. If she stepped off of the curb without looking or when the walk sign wasn’t lit, the parent said “No” firmly and grabbed her arm. The parents gradually faded the prompts until Paige engaged in the correct behavior and no longer walked into the intersection without looking, even when they were not near her.

Why is this street safety training inadequate to promote generalization?

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