Assessment of problem behavior evoked by disruption of ritualistic toy arrangements in a child with autism

Yanerys Leon, William N. Lazarchick, Griffin W. Rooker, Iser G. Deleon

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Abstract

A functional analysis suggested that the problem behavior of a 9-year-old girl with autism was maintained by gaining the opportunity to restore ritualistic toy arrangements that had been disrupted. Functional communication training and extinction produced clear decreases in problem behavior in 2 contexts: 1 in which we removed a play item, and 1 in which we merely relocated the item and blocked its rearrangement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-511
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • behavior disorders
  • functional analysis
  • idiosyncratic variables
  • ritualistic behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy

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