Toward an Understanding of Assent with Individuals with Communication Disabilities (Cody Morris & Jessica Detrick)

Seeking and obtaining assent from clients and research participants is an important component of behavior analytic practice and research. However, typical assent procedures primarily rely on spoken and written communication that may not be feasible for individuals with significant communication difficulties. Thus, practitioners serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disabilities (DD) who have limited communication abilities may need to utilize alternative methods for seeking assent. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce assent and related terms and concepts, discuss the importance of assent, and propose practical strategies for obtaining assent with clients who cannot assent through traditional means.
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Cody Morris & Jessica Detrick
Presented at the 2021 Michigan Autism Conference
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