College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Functional Analysis and Intervention of Breath-Holding

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 1995

Keywords

Breath Holding; Functional Analysis; Developmental Disabilities; Scheduled Attention; Cornelia-De-Lange Syndrome

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

ISSN

0021-8855

Volume

28

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

We conducted a functional analysis of breath-holding episodes in a 7-year-old girl with severe mental retardation and Cornelia-de-Lange syndrome. The results showed that breath holding served an operant function, primarily to gain access to attention. The intervention, consisting of extinction, scheduled attention, and use of a picture card communication system, resulted in decreased breath holding.

DOI

10.1901/jaba.1995.28-339

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