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Functional Analysis of Motor and Vocal Stereotypy: It's Not Always Automatic
AuthorStevenson, Maria Thu Trang
AdvisorGhezzi, Patrick M.
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This study systematically evaluated social variables to determine their influence on automatically reinforced, stereotypical behaviors. Three experiments were designed to determine the effect of diverse demands, tangibles, and forms of attention on motor and/or vocal stereotypy for seven children diagnosed with autism. Results suggested that specific demands, tangibles, and types of attention can contribute to the maintenance of stereotypy; even after an initial functional analysis indicate that the behaviors are automatically reinforced.