Considerations for Preference and Reinforcer Assessments With Older Adults With Developmental Disabilities

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Assessing preference among older adults is an integral part to effective and therapeutic programming. Although much of the research on preference assessments in this population has focused on typically developing older adults, there is a dearth of research focusing on older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (Braddock, 1999; LeBlanc & Matson, 1997). The following case conceptualization addresses some challenges to identifying preferred stimuli and assessing reinforcers among older adults with disabilities and demonstrates the utility of a practitioner model to overcoming these barriers (Karsten, Carr, & Lepper, 2011).

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