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Using Self-management to Reduce Automatically Maintained Problem Behavior in Children with Autism
AuthorBonow, Jennifer Ann
AdvisorGhezzi, Patrick M.
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Children with autism often engage in repetitive, stereotypic behaviors. Many of these behaviors prove difficult to eliminate due to the non-socially mediated nature of reinforcement available to them. Self-management techniques, including self-monitoring and self-reinforcement, have proven effective in modifying a variety of behaviors in children with autism, including stereotypic behaviors (Koegel & Koegel, 1990; Shabani, Wilder, & Flood, 2001). This study examined the effects of a self-management package on the stereotypic behavior of children with autism, specifically, stereotypic behavior demonstrated to be a function of automatic reinforcement. The package included self-monitoring and self-reinforcement components, and led to behavior reduction in two of three participants.