Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Panel #444
Long-Term Reduction of Self-Injurious and Aggressive Behavior of Individuals With Autism
Monday, May 31, 2010
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
205 (CC)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Brandon Forth, Ed.D.
Chair: Richard M. Foxx (The Pennsylvania State University)
KATIE ALLEN (ABLE Developmental Clinic)
CLAYTON R. CEA (Behavioral Services of Tennessee)
CARLOS V. GONZALEZ (Behavioral Services of Tennessee)
Abstract: Critical to the effective treatment of the self-injurious and aggressive behavior of individuals with autism is the demonstration of long-term maintenance effects. This panel will present and discuss two cases in depth that demonstrate how to achieve significant successful reductions for three and six years, respectively. The first case is a 10-year-old Canadian boy whose dangerous self-injurious behavior was reduced by 99% of baseline. The second case is an adult American male whose dangerous aggressive and self-injurious behavior were reduced by over 90% of baseline. Both programs were conducted in residential settings. The child is in the process of being transitioned home and the adult resides in his own home. The discussion will include the selection of consequences, assessment procedures, the role of an independent expert, staff training, the training of adaptive and replacement behaviors and skills, and fading consequences. Also addressed will be the political issues surrounding program implementation.



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