Analysis Of Demand Conditions Associated With Stereotypy
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Possible escape/avoidance functions of stereotypic behavior were investigated in a classroom setting using functional academic tasks. A 6-year-old boy's stereotypic mouthing was assessed during (a) high vs low response activities, (b) familiar vs novel activities and (c) avoidance vs partial-avoidance conditions. Results showed that stereotypy occurred at higher rates during more difficult activities (i.e. those that were novel or required a greater number of responses), and when stereotypy was allowed to effect a delay in instructional demands. Treatment procedures based on these analyses were implemented by the classroom teacher and shown to be effective.
Mace, F. C.,
Browder, D. M.,
(1987). Analysis Of Demand Conditions Associated With Stereotypy. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 18(1), 25-31.
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