The Training and Assessment of Relational Precursors and Abilities (TARPA): A follow-up study with typically developing children

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Kishita, N., Ohtsuki, T. & Stewart, I. (2013). The Training and Assessment of Relational Precursors and Abilities (TARPA): A follow-up study with typically developing children. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 2, 15-21.

Publication Topic: 
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

The aim of this study was to probe the validity of the Training and Assessment of Relational Precursors and Abilities (TARPA) as a protocol for the measurement of relational skills underlying language in typically developing children. Seven children (5 girls and 2 boys aged 2–6 years) completed the visual– visual range of the TARPA at Time 1. Six of these children were re-assessed with the same protocol at Time 2. The Social Maturity Scale (S-M) was administered to the childrens’ caregivers. Results showed a significant correlation between performance on the TARPA and the Communication sub-scale of the S-M at Time 1. This result supports the use of the TARPA visual–visual range as a protocol for measuring responding critical to the development of generative verbal behavior. However, TARPA performances at Time 2 departed some what from our prediction. The latter patterns are discussed, together with implications for future testing and development of the protocol.

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